Vermillion, South Dakota: National Music Museum - Human Leg Bone Trumpets

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Address:
414 E. Clark St., Vermillion, SD
Directions:
On the south edge of the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion. I-29 exit 26. Hwy 50 west five miles into town. Stay on Business Route 50, not the Hwy 50 bypass. Go one block past the first traffic light and turn left at Burger King onto Pine Street. Drive south three blocks to a four-way stop. Turn right onto Clark Street. Drive west three blocks to Yale Street. The Museum is on the northwest corner of Clark and Yale.
Hours:
M-F 9-4:30, Sa 10-4:30, Su 2-4:30 (Call to verify)
Phone:
605-677-5306
Admission:
Free (donations accepted)
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National Music Museum - Human Leg Bone Trumpets
Instruments from all over the world are on display, but we came to see the horn section made of human bones. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Musical instruments from many lands. National Music Museum

We stopped on the campus of South Dakota at the town of Vermillion (pop 12,000+)at the National Music Museum, located in the college's old Library.

For all of you musical instrument buffs of many types/genres, this place is a veritable gem!! There are two floors and 6 or 7 galleries of instruments of antiquity, etc., with some being only 1 or 2 left in existence worldwide.

Donations are taken at the entrance desk, and it's tax-deductible. They don't charge a set admission fee, but suggest between $5 and $7 per adult. Fabulous place; spent several hours there, enjoyed ourselves totally, and also purchased some CDs which feature different types of music, a lot of which are performed with instruments from the Museum itself.

When you tour the museum, they give you audio set-ups with earphones so that at designated instruments, you just hit your audio, and listen to the music while you view the particular instrument.

[M. Price, 09/14/2009]
National Music Museum. National Music Museum

The National Music Museum is truly a remarkable and extraordinary place. We hadn't planned to visit it, but read about it and decided that it might be worth a slight detour on our way to western S.D. We were not in the least disappointed. In fact, we were truly blown away by the breadth and depth of the collection at this museum. We only wish we had had more time to spend there.

It is definitely an American - no, a world - treasure, and it deserves to be better known. Pick your instrument, and I'm certain you'll learn more about its history here than in just about any other place on the planet.

[AMJP, 01/05/2009]

We appreciated this serious and well-done museum, albeit briefly, on a visit to see their human legbone trumpets.

National Music Museum

The National Music Museum (formerly Shrine to Music Museum) is truly unique, housing rare instruments from all over the world. You can wander from room to room on a self-guided audio tour, listening on headphones to how some of the instruments sound and getting some helpful background information on the instruments. The museum also hosts musical events on a regular basis.

[Michelle Rogge Gannon, 09/02/2003]

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