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  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC on Jazz
  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC Featuring Parliament's Mother Ship
  • This spotlight highlights the connection between spirituality and music.

  • The year 2018 marks the anniversary of a number of remarkable music events and people. 

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

  • Celebrating Asian Pacific American music and heritage.

  • The percussion family is the largest in an orchestra. But the diversity of percussion continues in a non-traditional format as tap dance shoes, steel pans, and instrumental bones are included in this group.

  • Selection of the many online articles, blog posts, and artist biographies shared by Smithsonian museums and centers on the topic of American folk 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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