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  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC on Jazz
  • Music Exhibition at NMAAHC Featuring Parliament's Mother Ship
  • The year 2018 marks the anniversary of a number of remarkable music events and people. 

  • This spotlight explores ways in which music and science interrelate at the Smithsonian Institution. 

  • Selection of the many online articles, blog posts, and artist biographies shared by Smithsonian museums and centers on the topic of American folk music.

  • This spotlight looks at some of the ways people have used music to explore the cosmos and ways people have brought the cosmos into their artistic lives. 

  • Honoring Ray Charles, an incredible musician who crossed genres and captivated audiences worldwide.

  • In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this Spotlight features collections and resources about Latino music. 

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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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