Free admission to National Music Museum during Shakespeare tour

Thursday, March 3, 2016

National Music Museum

Vermillion, SD — For the 27 days that the historic Shakespeare First Folio is on display at the National Music Museum, Monday, March 7- Saturday, April 2, 2016, admission to the entire museum will be free. “So, if you aren’t able to make it to the Museum on our Free Fridays, now you have the flexibility of different free days,” says NMM spokesperson Patricia Bornhofen.


At this time of year the Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “If you’ve never visited our collections, or you haven’t visited for a long time — seize the moment, bring family and friends,” says Bornhofen. The free admission was made possible through underwriting from the University of South Dakota’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The New York Times recently called the National Music Museum “one of the largest and most important collections of historical instruments in the world” whose “galleries teem with masterpieces.” Says Bornhofen, “With the famed 400-year-old Shakespeare book on display, surrounded by 400+-year-old musical instruments from Shakespeare’s England, the Museum is even more visit-worthy.”

During the First Folio celebration, admission to the National Music Museum is not the only thing free. Most of the events related to the exhibit have no charge, including the concert by popular early-music group Ayreheart, featuring Grammy-nominated lute player Ronn McFarlane, on Friday, March 18, in Farber Hall, Old Main, on the USD campus. “If you like folk, bluegrass or old-time country music, you’ll love Shakespeare-era sounds,” says Bornhofen. Visit for the full list of First Folio/NMM events and details.

NMM admission at other times would be a maximum of ten dollars per person (kids and students are always free, as are NMM Members-with-Benefits; the NMM also offers senior citizen discounts of eight dollars). Bornhofen adds, “While NMM admission is free during the Folger Library’s First Folio! – The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare tour, we certainly won’t turn down donations. Our gratitude will always be reflected very practically, in the continued quality of the National Music Museum experience.”

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One image of NMM Shakespeare First Folio tour poster is attached.
Image courtesy of National Music Museum.

About the National Music Museum

The National Music Museum, located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, is the world’s finest collection of musical instruments, with 15,000 items in its holdings and 1,200 on public display. Through bold acquisitions on the international market and a network of music-loving benefactors, the NMM owns some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. The National Music Museum Inc., was founded in 1973 and is a non-profit entity, in partnership with USD.