Designed to commemorate and recognize the artists and musicians who have shaped the course of music history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame features exhibits iconic items from music’s best. It was in Cleveland that DJ Alan Freed first popularized the term “rock ’n’ roll” in the early 1950s. Now the city holds the largest collection of rock music artifacts in the world, and the only museum dedicated solely to rock and roll.
The structure itself is an impressive glass pyramid grounded by a tall geometric tower, standing boldly beside Lake Erie. Inside, its seven floors and five theaters bring the stories behind the music to life. The exhibits hold memorabilia including musical instruments, performance costumes, handwritten lyrics, and more. One of the most fascinating parts of the museum is the presentation of the 500 “Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”
Many of the temporary exhibits present a deeper look at and tribute to a particular artist such as Elvis, Elton John, John Lennon, Willie Nelson, or Janis Joplin. Each year new honorees are inducted into the Hall of Fame following a special ceremony, and are here within documented for the years to come.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be found on the shores of Lake Erie on 9th Avenue in downtown Cleveland, beside the Cleveland Browns Stadium. Parking is available, or you can take The Rapid metro train. The museum is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm on Wednesdays. Admission costs $23.50 with discounts for seniors, local residents, and children.