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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Planned to Celebrate National Music Museum Expansion

The exterior of the National Music Museum, the newly completed Lillibridge Wing on the left adjoins the history Carnegie Library Building

The National Music Museum (NMM) will be joined by the University of South Dakota, Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company (VCDC) and city of Vermillion to celebrate the opening of the Lillibridge Expansion at the NMM with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.

Work on the approximately 16,000 square-foot expansion to the existing Carnegie building began in the spring of 2019 after years of planning.

“We are excited to officially open the Lillibridge Wing of the National Music Museum,”

said Scott Lawrence, NMM board chairman. “It has been a true partnership between USD, the city of Vermillion, our board of trustees and the NMM staff.”

“The renovation and expansion of the museum has been a long-held dream of ours,” Michael Suing, NMM interim director said. “Collaboration with community partners and significant contributions from NMM trustees and others have made it possible to welcome the public into the Lillibridge Wing, funded by the generous gifts of Tom and Cindy Lillibridge.”

The Lillibridge Wing includes a new museum store, the Janet L. Wanzek Performance Hall, the Groves Gallery for Special Exhibitions and the Wohlenberg Administrative Suite.

“In so many ways, the trustees of the National Music Museum have demonstrated their passion for the mission and collection within the expansion,” Suing said. “The new Janet L. Wanzek Performance Hall will provide the perfect setting for the ‘NMM Live!’ concert series and various public events and the Wohlenberg Administrative Suite will provide a light-filled contemporary work space for staff, fostering collaboration and creativity. This is such an exciting time in the institution’s history!”

The Janet L. Wanzek Performance Hall


Through the generosity of Jason and Betsy Groves, the Groves Gallery for Special Exhibitions will feature exhibitions that highlight topics not addressed in the NMM’s permanent exhibits and showcase rarely seen objects from the collections and traveling exhibitions from other museums.

A sneak peak at the inaugural special exhibition in the Groves Gallery, "NMM Goes Electric!"

The inaugural exhibit in the Groves Gallery, “NMM Goes Electric!,” will explore the history of electric and amplified stringed instruments. The gallery opening for “NMM Goes Electric!” will take place immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 24. Public hours for the museum expansion are scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Oct. 1 to Dec. 13. Admission is free for the exhibition and all public events.


About the National Music Museum The National Music Museum (NMM), located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, is one of the world’s finest collections of musical instruments, with some 15,000 instruments in its holdings. The NMM owns some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. Founded in 1973, the National Music Museum Inc. is a non-profit entity in partnership with USD.



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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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