Opened in 2008 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, the music industry's biggest accolade, this major attraction at Downtown L.A.'s blockbuster entertainment complex, L.A. Live, celebrates all aspects of the music industry. With four stories and over 30,000 square feet of space, this is the largest music-themed museum in Los Angeles, which is itself the center of the American music industry.
Permanent exhibits at the Grammy Museum include elaborate outfits worn by past Grammy winners like Kanye West and Beyoncé, as well as sound booths where you can record a song and remix it in different musical styles. Rotating exhibits have included tributes to deceased stars Whitney Houston, Roy Orbison and John Lennon, as well as retrospectives of Muzak, hip-hop, heavy metal and more.
In the 1950s, the Grammy Awards themselves were created to honor the music industry in the same manner as the Oscars and the television Emmys, and were named for one of music's most significant technological inventions, the gramophone. The awards were devised by the same L.A. Chamber of Commerce members who originally developed the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a history alluded to by a block's worth of sidewalk outside the Grammy Museum, inlaid with marble stars honoring high-profile music performers and producers.
As part of L.A. Live, the museum is surrounded by two hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles and the J.W. Marriott, several restaurants, various parking lots and a subway stop on the Metro's Red Line. It is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.