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  • The guitar has become an integral part of American music today, but it has roots and branches in music and artwork from all over the world. Smithsonian Music is excited to explore the diversity of the guitar in the Smithsonian's various collections in this Spotlight feature.

  • The guitar has become an integral part of American music today, but it has roots and branches in music and artwork from all over the world. Smithsonian Music is excited to explore the diversity of the guitar in the Smithsonian's various collections in this Spotlight feature.

  • 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.

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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