Sunday, July 28, 2013

Another Music Museum

The National Music Museum in Vermillion, SD is part of the University of South Dakota and has a collection of more than 14,500 musical instruments.

There are lots of guitars. Here's a whole room full.

I thought this harp guitar was interesting.

Here's a guitar that was autographed by B.B. King for the museum. It's a Gibson, Artist Collection "Lucille". You can read about how B.B. King named his guitars "Lucille" here.

There's a room full of keyboard instruments.

I never realized there were so many different kinds of keyboard instruments. Below is a choralcelo built between 1888 and 1908. It's an electrified (not electronic) instrument containing rotating electromagnetic tone-wheel generators that supply power to sets of electromagnets that cause the strings to vibrate. Built for theaters and resorts, only the console would be visible to the listeners. All the other hardware - power supply, speakers, tone-wheels, etc. - would be in another room.

I liked this banjo made of a baseball bat and Chevy Camaro hubcap.

Here are two of the 4 instruments made by Antonio Stradivari in the museum. The violin, on the right, was made in 1693.

This trumpet, made in Hollywood in 1978, was a prop for the movie "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

There are lots more interesting instruments in this museum. You can see pictures and descriptions of many of these instruments on their website here.

This museum is in a lovely area and worth a visit if you're ever in the area.


  1. You sure are good at finding those musical instrument museums.

  2. Nancy, if you get the urge to backtrack, there's a fabulous music museum on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the best one of all, IMO, is in Norris, Tn. It's a private museum started by John Irwin, now called the Museum of Appalachia. Its "Tennessee Fall Homecoming" is worth a 2-3 day visit. In the meantime, I'm sure enjoying hitching a ride to your travel bumper!