Did you know?
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 Music brings our vast music-related collections and expertise together in one place to highlight stories, must-hear events, and collections spotlights.
Musical Treasures at the Smithsonian
From “Dizzy” Gillespie’s trumpet to Grandmaster Flash’s turntable and from a Central African harp to an Apache violin, these objects represent just a sampling of music-related items at the Smithsonian.