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The Grammy Museum

The entrance of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live during the John Lennon, Songwriter exhibit

The GRAMMY Museum, is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. The Museum strives to inspire its visitors to learn about musical genres and history through interactive touch-screens, videos, and recording booths. The museum also features a rich collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings.


  • History 1
  • Exhibits 2
  • Special events and programs 3
  • Location and hours 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The GRAMMY Museum, located in downtown Los Angeles's L.A. Live, opened in December 2008 corresponding to the Grammy Awards' 50th anniversary. The museum consists of four floors, including historical music artifacts displays, interactive instrument stations and recording booths, and a 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.[1]

Since its opening, the GRAMMY Museum has presented well over 300 public programs and inspired thousands of young, local school students through its dynamic educational programs.


The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment. The Pixies, Itzhak Perlman, Ludacris, Brad Paisley, Madonna and Yo-Yo Ma typically wouldn't share a marquee, but they're in perfect harmony under the Grammy Museum roof. [2]

The GRAMMY Museum features many exhibits showcasing historic musical artifacts like shown in the Columbia Records 360 exhibit, behind-the-scenes live performances, seminars, classes, musician meet-and-greets, and interactive recording booths.[2] The museum starts on the fourth floor and guides you down the third and second floor accordingly.[1] The exhibit, Crossroads, on the fourth floor, features sensitive touch-screens in which you can view photos and listen to music of all genres. Another interactive exhibit allows the user to go inside six different sound-proof recording booths as famous performers and producers teach you about different stages of producing commercial soundtracks. You can record your own singing and rapping track, and remix it accordingly to produce your very own cover of various pop songs. The museum also has outfits worn by famous Grammy-Award-winning musicians such as Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna.[3][4]

The GRAMMY Museum regularly updates and display special exhibits. Some current and past exhibits include:

  • 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
  • Michael Jackson exhibit, June 25, 2011 – end to be determined
  • Barbra Streisand exhibit, until February 2012
  • Muzak Archives Preservation exhibit. Touring Internationally through 2011
  • Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal, April 11, 2012 – February 2013
  • Whitney!, August 15, 2012 – February 15, 2013
  • Ringo: Peace and Love, June 12, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Past Exhibits

  • 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)
  • Strange Kozmic Experience (closed January 17, 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)
  • Jenni Rivera, singer-songwriter (closed May 11, 2014)[5]
  • Columbia Records 360 exhibit (one year display Nov. 2012 to closed Sept. 2013 [6]

Special events and programs

The GRAMMY Museum frequently holds live performances, seminars, classes, and discussions at its Clive DAvis Theater. Public Programs with Award-winning musicians such as Ben Harper, Flavor Flav, and John Legend are open to the public. Museum members receive priority ticketing and seating.

Location and hours

The GRAMMY Museum is located in Los Angeles downtown's L.A. Live campus at the corner of Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard. The museum has an Olympic Boulevard address, but the main entrance is on Figueroa Street. Bronze disks for each year's GRAMMY Awards – honoring the top winners, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year – are embedded in the sidewalks on the streets of LA Live.

The museum opens on Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm.


  1. ^ a b Bream, Jon; Ken Viste (April 16, 2009). "Museum in a Minute: Grammy Museum strikes a chord". Star Tribune (San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190:  
  2. ^ a b "Our Mission" (PHP). 800 W  
  3. ^ McFarland, Rob (April 26, 2009). "Backstage at the gong show".  
  4. ^ "Fourth Floor" (PHP). 800 W  
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External links

  • Official website

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