A popular topic of discussion among EMPs is out of town museum experiences. Museum professionals seem to enjoy visiting museums in other parts of the world and dissecting their experience. It seemed logical that, as we traverse the globe, we share our museum experiences with you. Each addition to our Postcard Portfolio will provide a brief snapshot of our exhibit as we see the world one museum at a time. Today’s postcard comes to us from Mandi Magnusson-Hung of the Wells Fargo History Museum of Philadelphia.
The Museum: National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota
The Visit: Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Best Thing: Multiple galleries of musical instruments from around the world paired with an amazing audio guide that lets you hear many of the instruments on display.
The Worst Thing: The “ethnic” room. In one gallery the museum shifts from discussing aesthetics, design, and timbre to the “isn’t this odd” technique. Instruments are mounted to every surface, seemingly with little planning other than making them all fit in the gallery.
Why You Should Go: The NMM has a beautiful collection of instruments and (ethnic gallery notwithstanding) generally supplies succinct and entertaining labels. Go for the guitars and pianos, stay for the hurdy gurdys, trumpet marine, and pochettes.
- Everything is contained in one of Carnegie’s donated libraries. Architecture!
- The second floor hallway harmonica exhibit.
- Gibson, Gibson everywhere.
- The heart-shaped trumpet from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.
- An electric lap steel guitar that can double as a crutch.