The world’s premier collection of musical instruments, the National Music Museum (NMM) is a magnet for music lovers and an eye-opening discovery for people of all interests. More than 1,200 instruments and music-related artifacts are on public display — a fraction of the overall collection of more than 15,000 musical instruments.
The NMM’s holdings span history and include some of the world’s most famous musical instruments, from the ‘Amati King’ (the world’s oldest cello) and the ‘Harrison’ Stradivari violin to seminal modern instruments like Adolphe Sax saxophones and pop-culture pieces like Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley guitars. NMM highlights also include the world’s oldest playable harpsichord and the largest Javanese gamelan orchestra outside Indonesia.
Called “a national treasure” by Jim Leach, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, the National Music Museum is located in the heartland of the United States, in Vermillion, South Dakota. It is a destination in itself or a culture point en route to Mount Rushmore.
Founded in 1973, the NMM will soon undergo a $15-million architectural expansion. With a funding campaign underway, the new complex will triple the current 23,000-square feet of gallery and curatorial space.