Tour the National Music Museum Virtually

September 26th, 2014 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »


It’s Friday, September 26, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


National Music Museum


Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)


Take a virtual tour through the National Music Museum located on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The National Music Museum is home to “more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods”. This website provides visitors a large sampling of the galleries and exhibits.
When arriving at the link above, select from the following virtual tours:

  • Abell Gallery: European and American Keyboard Instruments from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries
  • Bates Virtual Gallery: Treasures from the Alan Bates Harmonica Collection
  • Beede Gallery: Musical Instruments from the Great Civilizations of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands
  • Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848: Highlights of a major exhibition designed by the NMM for the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 1-November 2, 2003
  • Cutler Gallery: Musical Innovations of the Industrial Revolution and European Folk Instruments
  • Everist Gallery: The American Music Industry
  • Exhibits in Lobby, Hallways, Concert Hall, and Tea Room
  • Graese Gallery: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, The American Civil War, The Golden Age of Bands 1865-1915®, a Violin Maker’s Workshop, and Banjo & Mandolin Clubs
  • Lewison Gallery: Nineteenth-century American Reed Organs, Pianos, and a Grand Harmonicon
  • Lillibridge Gallery: Great American Guitars
  • The Music Man Exhibition: Ya Gotta Know the Territory: The Musical Journey of Meredith Willson, a permanent exhibition designed and installed in 2002 by the NMM at the Meredith Willson Museum in Mason City, Iowa
  • Muzika! A Celebration of Czech and Slovak Music: Highlights from a collaborative exhibition at the National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 17-October 17, 2004
  • Pressler Gallery: Musical Treasures from the Age of Louis XIV
  • Rawlins Gallery: The Genius of North Italian Stringed Instrument Making 1540-1793
  • Sound Samplings: An Index of Sound Clips of Selected Musical Instruments at the NMM
  • Study-Storage Collections: A selection of instruments from the NMM’s encyclopedic research collections
  • Utley Virtual Gallery: Treasures from the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Brass Instrument Collection

Each of the gallery tours provide a clickable list of instruments to view. When arriving at the instrument page, you will find images of the instruments along with explanatory text about each piece. Many of the images are clickable to enlarge for closer examination.

Music lovers will thoroughly enjoy browsing through all of the instruments available to explore at this website.


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