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  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC on Jazz
  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC Featuring Parliament's Mother Ship
  • This spotlight celebrates the rich and varied musical traditions of Native American cultures by highlighting some of the musical resources and collections objects cared for by the Smithsonian Institution. 

  • This spotlight highlights the connection between spirituality and music.

  • Honoring the incredibly diverse array of musical objects, essays, and videos pertaining to African American music here at the Smithsonian.

  • This spotlight highlights the wide variety of resources for learning about and participating in the relationship between dance and music.

  • Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's talent, passions, and musical legacy.

  • Enjoy essays and browse through our collection objects celebrating women in music.

Musical Treasures at the Smithsonian

From Louis Armstrong’s trumpet to Grandmaster Flash’s turntable and from a Central African harp to an Apache violin, these objects represent just a sampling of how music is collected, curated and studied at the Smithsonian. Explore these photographs, objects, and artifacts that help explain how music infuses our everyday life, brightening it with its sounds and beats.

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