National Music Museum

414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069- Map It
(605) 677-5306

AAA Editor Notes

National Music Museum is on the University of South Dakota campus at jct. Clark and Yale sts. The museum illustrates the evolution of music with more than 15,000 instruments spanning 5 centuries. Approximately 1,200 instruments are on display, including what is reportedly the world's oldest cello and harpsichord. A collection of Italian stringed instruments 1540-1793 features a rare Stradivari guitar and the “Harrison” Stradivari violin. Celebrity guitars represent Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, John Entwistle, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and B.B. King. Other galleries explore American musical traditions and unusual instruments from cultures throughout the world, including a zither shaped like a crocodile and a South Pacific trumpet mask. A self-guiding multimedia tour enhances the exhibits.
$10; $8 (ages 65+ and active military with ID); free (ages 0-18, students with ID and to all on Fri.).
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 1-5, May-Sept.; Mon.-Sat. 9-5, rest of year. Closed Jan. 1, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.