About Smithsonian Music

The Smithsonian holds incredibly diverse music-related collections; were they all assembled in one place, the Smithsonian would be the largest music museum in the world. With unparalleled collections and scholarship, signature programs, exhibitions, education, and performing artist ensembles and networks, the institution is a leading destination for visitors who want to learn about and experience music to enrich their lives.

Smithsonian Music brings together these rich resources from throughout the institution’s museums and research centers to provide unique musical opportunities and increase access to the nation’s collections. The Smithsonian works with more than 200 Affiliate museums around the country and is developing innovative partnerships with organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jazz Educators Network, the Grammy Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Now, more than ever, we are engaging people in all that America’s treasured institution has to offer in music, in person and online.

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