The Grammy Museum is an interactive educational museum that is dedicated to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. The Museum’s mission is to inspire its visitors to learn about musical genres and history through its various displays. These include interactive touch-screens, videos, and recording booths.
The Grammy Museum (800 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles CA) also features a deep repository of artifacts collected from all of the prior editions of the Grammy Awards. These include costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics and even audio/video recordings.
Located in downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Live, the Museum first opened in 2008 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the music awards. The museum consists of four floors and also features the special 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.
When you arrive, you begin your journey of musical exploration on the highest floor and then work your way down (almost like a one-hit wonder, although this is anything but). The museum recognizes the creative process, technology and the history of the Grammy’s.
The Crossroads exhibit on the fourth floor features touch screens where visitors can see photos and listen to any type of music they like to with the push of a button. Another exhibit allows you to try one of six different sound-proof recording booths and watch tutorials about what goes into producing a record.
Think that’s it? I am only getting started.
Museum patrons can also sing and record their own tracks and then remix their versions into existing covers of pop songs.
Did you just have to have that dress Beyonce wore? While that might not be possible, the next best thing is getting a first-hand look at the frock along with the dresses that many other famous songstresses wore during the ceremony.
Other exhibits at the Museum vary. Here are some of the best ones from the past:
- The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil exhibit, June 8, 2011-February, 2011
- Bob Marley, Messenger exhibit, May 11, 2011-October 2, 2011
- Say it loud: The Genius of James Brown exhibit, September 17, 2011- January 22, 2012
- John Lennon, Songwriter (closed September 6, 2011)
- Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll exhibit, May 16, 2011-December 1, 2011
- Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey exhibit, (closed May 4, 2011)
- Instruments of Art (closed December 31, 2010)
- I Am, I Said: Selections from the Neil Diamond Collection (closed May 10, 2010)
- Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer (closed March 28, 2010)
Occupation Dreamer: The Photography of Moshe Brakha (closed August 9, 2009)
Current exhibits include a tribute to Michael Jackson that has been running since 2011 and a Ringo Starr exhibition that will be featured until March 2014.
If you are planning on checking it out, please note that the one drawback is that you aren’t allowed to take any photos of the exhibits or memorabilia inside.
For more information about the Grammy Museum and for ticket prices, visit grammymuseum.org