Last updated: 11/28/2012
Vermillion, South Dakota
Street Address
Corner of Clark and Yale Streets
Vermillion, SD 57069
Mailing Address
414 E. Clark St.
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069
phone: 605-677-5306
Monday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday2 PM - 5 PM
Open daily except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Adults: $10
Seniors (over 65): $8
Active Military (with ID): $8
NMM Members: free
Non-USD Students (with ID): Free
Children/Youth under 18: Free
USD students/faculty/staff: Free
Commercial bus tours (per person): $8
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Group Tours
Cleveland Johnson, Director
phone: 605-677-5909
Margaret Downie Banks, Senior Curator
phone: 605-677-5306
John Koster, Conservator / Curator of Keyboard Instruments
phone: 605-677-5306
Deborah Check Reeves, Curator of Education and Woodwinds
phone: 605-677-5306
Sabine K. Klaus, Utley Curator of Brass Instruments
Arian Sheets, Curator of Stringed Instruments
phone: 605-677-5306
Vicky Lenz, Director of Visitor Services
phone: 605-677-5306
Julie Boston, Curatorial Assistant
phone: 605-677-5306
Micky Rasmussen, Curatorial Assistant
phone: 605-677-5306

Founded in 1973 on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, the National Music Museum (NMM) & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections, which include more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods, are the most inclusive anywhere.


The National Music Museum serves the people of South Dakota and the Nation as an international center for collecting and conserving musical instruments of all cultures and bringing people together to study, enjoy, and understand our diverse musical heritage.


Founded in 1973.

Artifact Collections

The NMM's renowned collections, which include more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western musical instruments from all cultures and historical periods, are the most inclusive anywhere. They include many of the earliest, best preserved, and historically most important instruments known to survive. See

Research Collections


Educational Programs
  • School tours:
  • Commercial bus tours:
  • Brown Bag Lunch Programs (Friday noon during academic year):
  • Annual Javanese Gamelan Workshop (see calendar of events on website)
  • Summer Discovery and Explorer programs for children (June) (see calendar of events on website)
  • Events are free and open to the public.
  • Outreach programs to area schools.
  • The NMM does not loan educational materials.

The NMM was founded as a partnership between The University of South Dakota, which provides staff and facilities for preservation, teaching, and research, and the Board of Trustees of the NMM, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that is responsible for acquisitions, public exhibiting, and programming. The Board of Trustees is totally dependent upon support from NMM members, individuals, corporations, foundations, and governmental units.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


Newsletter - an occasional publication


Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Group Tours

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