School Groups

Due to the NMM's expansion project (read more about this exciting project here!) we are not scheduling tours beyond August, 2018. We look forward to resuming guided tours when the museum reopens in 2021.

The NMM welcomes the opportunity to host your school group. Guided tours of the NMM's collections are provided by trained educators and are based on educational themes and objectives. Tours can be tailored to meet the educational goals and interests of individual classes, ensembles, and other groups. Advance reservations must be made for all group visits.

Educational Thematic Tour Options

In addition to general tours built on musical themes, multidisciplinary opportunities abound. Listed below are a few of the thematic tours offered. Please contact us with specific curriculum needs. With advance notice, we are happy to develop activities that address your requests.

A First Look

An introduction to music and the NMM's collections. 20-30 minutes. Grades K-3.

Our First Nations

See the collection of Native American instruments and learn about Native American music and culture. Grades 2-5. 

Sound and Vibration

Learn how sound is produced on various instruments. Grades 3-6.

South Dakota History

See instruments made and used by South Dakota pioneers. See what life might have been like in the early days. Grades 6-12.


Teacher Resources:

  1. Letter to Teachers pre visit
  2. Lesson Plan for NMM visit
  3. Pre-tour Handout
  4. Post-tour Handout
  5. NMM Fieldtrip Evaluation