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  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC on Jazz
  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC Featuring Parliament's Mother Ship

Featured Smithsonian Music Spotlights

  • Honoring the incredibly diverse array of musical objects, essays, and videos pertaining to African American music here at the Smithsonian.

  • Enjoy essays and browse through our collection objects celebrating women in music.

  • Jazz grew out of African American culture as it developed in the southern United States during the nineteenth Century. It became intertwined with many other musical traditions, including Hispanic and Euro-American styles.

  • Prince by Lynn Goldsmith 1993 (printed 2010) Digital inkjet print National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jimmy Iovine © Lynn Goldsmith

Sixty 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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