National Music Museum, South Dakota

The National Music Museum: America’s Shrine to Music & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments (NMM) is a musical instrument museum in Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. It was founded in 1973 on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The NMM is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums and is recognized as “A Landmark of American Music” by the National Music Council. The NMM’s renowned collections, which include more than 13,500 American, European, and non-Western instruments from all cultures and historical periods, are among the world’s most inclusive. They include many of the earliest, best-preserved, and historically most important instruments known to survive. The NMM’s rise to world-class status has attracted international attention, and each year the NMM attracts thousands of visitors from all 50 states and around the world.