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National Music Museum now closed for exciting upcoming expansion and renovation!

The National Music Museum's doors are now closed to the public in preparation for the upcoming architectural expansion and renovation. Groundbreaking for the new addition's construction is slated for early summer next year, 2019, with the museum reopening by 2021.

Despite the closure, the National Music Museum will be quite alive during expansion project. We will continue hosting our NMM Live! concert series. The shows will take place off site, often in the University of South Dakota’s Farber Hall. We will also continue partnering with other institutions, loaning instruments for special exhibits. And we will ramp up our social-media presence, so that people can engage further with our collection virtually.

In March of this year, we announced that we had been approved to add approximately 16,000 square feet (two floors plus an underground level) to the existing Carnegie building. Funding for the estimated $9.5 million building project has been raised by the Museum’s Board, with up to $1.5 million of that amount (representing upgrades to HVAC and facilities infrastructure) to be covered by the University of South Dakota.

With some 15,000 musical instruments currently in the NMM’s collections, as well as many thousands of supporting artifacts and materials, the NMM needs not only more public display area but more storage and conservation options. The new addition will provide approximately 4,600 square feet of new exhibit space on the first floor, a gallery dedicated to temporary exhibits, a new performance hall, a dedicated classroom, a new research and conservation lab, a new photography lab, more archival storage, and new above-ground staff and administration offices.

The National Music Museum is located in the former 1910 Carnegie Library building on the campus of the University of South Dakota, at the corner of E. Clark and Yale Streets. The new addition will be on the west side of the current building and will include a new ADA-accessible entrance into a glass-fronted two-story lobby. Schwartz/Silver Architects of Boston, MA, created the integrated look of the addition. Koch Hazard Architects of Sioux Falls, SD, are the on-site authorities as architect of record.

Known for historic musical-instrument holdings that rival any of the finest in the world, the NMM's expansion is the opportunity to showcase our masterpieces with state-of-the-art practices and technologies.

Our goal is to continue being expert stewards and scholars of these masterworks, while attracting more visitors and enhancing their overall museum experience.

Fundraising is now also underway to support the redesign of exhibits, cutting-edge museum technologies, aesthetic enhancements, operational costs, and the sustained growth of the museum’s endowment. Support us by giving here online.




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Our brand new first-floor galleries are officially OPEN! The wait is finally over - come see the NEW NMM. Information on the galleries, hours, and more can be found on the VISIT & LEARN and EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS pages!

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, stop in to see our seven new galleries, concerts, events, and more! 

The Jason & Betsy Groves Special Exhibitions Gallery is OPEN! Come explore our current special exhibition HIGH STRUNG: FIVE CENTURIES OF STRINGED KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS.


the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16

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