National Music Museum

Instrument Museum

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Far away from the museums on the National Mall in D.C., the National Music Museum (NMM) is one national museum not to be missed. Recognized by the New York Times as a “musical Smithsonian…whose galleries teem with masterpieces,” the NMM has attracted thousands of visitors each year, who make the pilgrimage to Vermillion, South Dakota from all 50 states and many countries.

Founded in 1973 on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, the NMM is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections feature fine and historic instruments from many cultures and historical periods.

Spanning hundreds of years of culture, the NMM’s 15,000+ instruments range from priceless Italian violins to celebrity guitars, from organs to orchestrion, from harps to harpsichords, from dombaks to didgeridoos, from Les Paul to Sgt. Pepper, from Stradivari to Elvis. With its extensive archives of instrument-related materials, and offering the only graduate degree in musical instruments in North America [currently on hiatus during NMM expansion], the NMM has been an epicenter for musical-instrument research.

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.

The NMM is recognized as "A Landmark of American Music" by the National Music Council.


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Upcoming Appearances

Drobnak Recital October 23

Oct 21, 2019, 3:25 AM

Dr. Drobnak performs a faculty recital at Texas A&M Commerce on Wednesday, October 23 at 6 PM

Drobnak to lecture at 2020 Southwestern CBDNA Conference

Jan 3, 2020, 7:21 PM

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Drobnak to present recital at 2020 NERTEC

Jan 6, 2020, 2:21 AM

Drobnak to give Artist Recital during 2020 NERTEC at Ithaca College

Drobnak to present recital at 2020 SCRTEC

Feb 9, 2020, 4:29 AM

Ken Drobnak to present Artist Tuba Recital at Oklahoma State University as part of the 2020 South…