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Roster of Museums, Libraries and Cultural Sites
Related to the Native American Flute

There are many museums around the world that specialize in musical instruments.

CIMCIM, the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections, provides a web site that points to many musical instrument museums around the world. They also published The Care of Historic Musical Instruments ([Barclay 1997] The Care of Historic Musical Instruments). The page for the United States is listed as the AMIS Directory of Musical Instrument Collections, maintained by Albert R. Rice.

Also, see MIMO - the Musical Instrument Museums Online project, whose goal is to create an online access point to the collections of European musical instrument museums. The results of MIMO project are scheduled to appear in the Europeana Portal in August 2011.

Here's a list of museums, libraries, and cultural sites that are (at least partially) related to the Native American flute. The list organized by location. Most of these links opens in a separate browser window. This list incorporates the institutions referenced in [Higgins 2007] Historical Native American Flute Archives.

United States






District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection, 1928

Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection, 1928 Larger image


  • The Field Museum — Chicago.
    Visited on August 4, 2016 and photographed the flutes and artifacts that were on display. The museum did not grant me access to any resources, materials, or publications in their collection.








New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina



  • Lost City Museum — Overton.
    Built by the National Park Service to exhibit artifacts that were being excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada.




  • The American Philosophical Society Library — Philadelphia.
    A large collection of Native American images, recordings, and correspondence of prominant anthropoligists. Some of the collection is digitized and available on-line.

Rhode Island

  • Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University — Providence.
    Collection contains a Kiowa instrument dated between 1875–1910, described as having seven finger holes. Photo and description of flute in Hau Kola! The Plains Indian Collection of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University by Barbara Hail ([Hail 1980], page 184, length 57cm, Collected by O. Fulda (information from [Higgins 2007] Historical Native American Flute Archives).
  • Collections Research Center, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University — Bristol.
    The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology's Collections Research Center holds more than 100,000 ethnographic objects, archaeological specimens and images from all parts of the world, with particular strengths in the Americas, Africa and Southeast Asia. These collections include nearly 60,000 objects collected by Rudolf F. Haffenreffer before his death in 1954 and a similar number obtained through fieldwork, donations, and strategic acquisitions since the Museum became part of Brown University in 1955.

South Dakota






South America


  • Museo Etnográfico Juan B. Ambrosetti — Buenos Aires.
    From Fodor's Argentina, 2012: The ground-floor galleries trace the history of human activity in Patagonia, with an emphasis on the tragic results of the European arrival. Dugout canoes, exquisite Mapuche silver jewelry, and scores of archive photos and illustrations are the main exhibits. In the upstairs northwestern Argentina gallery the focus is mainly archaeological. Displays briefly chronicle the evolution of Andean civilization, the heyday of the Inca empire, and postcolonial life. Artifacts include ceramics, textiles, jewelry, farming tools, and even food: anyone for some 4,000-year-old corn?
    The museum was closed when I visited on January 24, 2013.
  • Museo de la Pategonia — Bariloche de los Andes.
    From Fodor's Argentina, 2012: This museum tells the social and geological history of northern Patagonia with displays of Indian and gaucho artifacts and exhibits on regional flora and fauna. The histories of the Mapuche and the Conquista del Desierto (Conquest of the Desert) are explained in detail.
    The museum has a limited display on the first peoples of the region. There were no music artifacts on display when I visited on January 18, 2013.
  • Museo Pobladores (Pioneer Museum) — San Martin de los Andes.
    From Fodor's Argentina, 2012: The museum is a tiny building next to the tourist office that was the original city council lodge. It is mainly dedicated to Mapuche ceramics and weavings, and a collection of 13,000-year-old tools and fossils gives an idea of ancient life in the region.
    The museum was closed when I visited on January 21, 2013.


  • Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino — Santiago.
    More than 1,500 pre-Columbian artifacts on displya, including a flute of the Nasca culture. Limited visit on January 11, 2013 during their reconstruction and expansion.




  • Musée des Instruments de Musique (Musical Instrument Museum) — Brussels.
    A huge collection of musical instruments, including rare and unusual instruments such as the a case of Slovakian Fujaras. However, no Native American flutes are on display, nor were any in their collection when I asked during my visit on February 24, 2010.



Georgia (Republic of)


Great Britain





  • Nordamerika Native Museum — Zürich.
    The stock of the museum’s collection is made up of the “Collection Hotz”, purchased by the City of Zürich in 1961.




  • Dar Ennejma Ezzahra Centre of Arab & Mediterranean Music — Sidi Bou Said.
    A large museum with a permenant exhibition of musical instruments, a musical instrument making workshop, and an extensive sound library. Web site in English, Français, and Arabic. No Native American flutes are on display, nor were any in their collection when I asked during my visit on March 2, 2011, but a visit to this museum is still well worth your time if you are in the area.


New Zealand

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum / Tamaki Paenga Hira — Auckland.
    A large museum with an extensive collection of Māori artifacts. No Native American flutes on display or in their collection when we visited on January 2, 2014, but they have an extensive collection of Māori musical instruments, including examples of nguru, kōauau, pōrutu, and pūtōrino flutes.

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