A Brief Detour

to the National Music Museum

South Dakota can be a pretty surprising place. I left it yesterday for a brief stay in Iowa, but not before I saw what I believe to be one of the coolest things that exists in the state of SD: the National Music Museum.

I had to drive an hour out of my way to go see it. I had some time to kill, so I figured I might as well, even though I knew nothing about it at the time. I didn’t really have a good idea of what a “Music Museum” was, but it sounded interesting enough to warrant a look.

And I was right. My only regret is not having enough time to spend there.

A Sampling of the NMM

One of the things that struck me about the museum is how many variations there are on the typical instruments we see every day. Here are a few examples:

violins
fifes
saxiphones
harp
harmonicatwice
hearthorn
manystrings

I was also super impressed with the craftsmanship involved in some of the instruments there. It was pretty obvious that instrument builders take a lot of pride in their work.

piano
violin
blindfold
resonator
tooba
organ
bohran

I have tons more pictures and things I could say about the Music Museum, but I’ll sum it all up with this: it was super fun, educational, and I can’t recommend it enough.

If you’re ever passing through South Dakota, definitely take this detour. I don’t think that you’ll regret it.

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