A new home for special exhibitions


For traveling shows, rotating programs, special events, and other invigorating content, we present...

Bringing Music, and the NMM, to Life

Reinventing the Experience

Since our founding in 1973, the NMM has worked hard to craft a superb collection of some of the finest, humblest, most unique and culturally significant musical instruments on the planet. 

Now, as we approach our 50th anniversary, we are working hard to design new exhibitions, events, and programming that will be as thrilling, unique, and unforgettable as our collections. Covering the breadth of the places music and musical instruments have occupied through human history, we will take you on a journey through our musical past, present, and future. 

With 12 entirely redesigned and rebuilt gallery spaces to be installed in our historic Carnegie Wing, the NMM will showcase musical instruments as seen, used, heard, and explored by peoples across cultures, continents, civilizations and eras.

Explore the renderings below for a small taste of what's in store as we prepare to spring back to life and whisk you away through the magical world of musical instruments.

Coming Soon

The Groves Gallery 

Special Exhibitions

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Music History Found Here

Coming Soon!


Ever since we closed our galleries to begin our ambitious renovation and construction projects, we've been looking forward to the day when the National Music Museum opens its doors once again. We know it's been a long wait, but words can hardly express how excited we are to bring to you a NEW NMM!

Museum Guide

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Permanent Exhibitions

We could not fulfill our mission to explore, enjoy, and preserve the world of musical instruments without the help of you: our visitors, fans, and supporters around the globe. Reach out today and learn more about how you can make a difference at the National Music Museum!

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The Roles of Musical Instruments
in our Lives

Musical Instruments as  Innovation

The Art and Craft of Musical Instruments

Reimagined displays showcasing...

Our New Experience by the Numbers


square feet of beautiful, state-of-the-art exhibitions


artifacts on permanent display, from pre-Colombian America to the Global 21st Century


redesigned and reimagined to bring your experience to life

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Live the Music...
with Live Music!

Alongside our new exhibitions, we are thrilled to feature performances and programming in the beautiful Janet L. Wanzek Performance Hall. With magical acoustics, intimate views, and built in tech for recording, streaming, broadcasting and multimedia experiences, the Wanzek Performance Hall will be one of the premier venues available throughout our region.

Not just concerts, the Wanzek Performance Hall will host lectures, receptions, demonstrations, conferences, and all manner of educational events!

Video Previews & Updates

NOTE: The NMM is currently open only for concerts and special events. Please see the EVENTS page for more info. 


Our Permanent Exhibitions and the Groves Gallery for Special Exhibitions are currently closed for construction and reinstallation.