• West African drums and dance
  • Wild Anacostias in front of the Smithsonian Castle
  • Taiko drummers Freer|Sackler
  • Smithsonian Receives Brian Setzer’s Gretsch Guitar
  • Latino Center: Concert

Smithsonian Music

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The Smithsonian’s combined musical resources constitute the world’s largest museum of music. Music is an integral part of the Smithsonian’s connective tissue, spanning a remarkable number and diversity of collections, programs, and exhibitions.

If you listen closely, the Smithsonian is not as quiet as you might think!

Smithsonian Year of Music 2019 | 365 Days of Music

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Rhiannon Giddens Session Notes from Songs of Our Native Daughters
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Nat King Cole Celebrating Nat King Cole's 100th Birthday
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Heartbeat Poster Pure Coquette
Cooper Hewitt

Featured Music Programs

Music comes alive at the Smithsonian with performances by local artists and world-renowned masters.