Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland

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One Key Plaza Cleveland OH 44114 216.781.ROCK

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

    by TravellerMel Updated May 30, 2014

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    Arriving at the Mecca of Rock and Roll was an awe-inspiring experience... I walked through all of the rooms and floors, soaking in the history and reading the description of every artifact, every costume, every instrument, every personal item in the collection. You could spend HOURS here - I visited for 3 hours, and it was not nearly enough time. Alan Freed, a Cleveland DJ who coined the phrase "rock and roll" has a special shrine here, including the urn containing his cremains, and so much more. I got goosebumps looking at Michael Jackson's sparkly glove, and standing at one of John Lennon's pianos. I loved seeing the hand written lyrics to many songs - some including the notes and scribbled changes, so you can see the creative process at work.

    I don't know what to say. It is so much more than a museum, and so many genres of music are represented.

    Admission was $23 for adults. There is a cafe selling light refreshments in case you get peckish or parched.

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    ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

    by RACCOON1 Written Sep 4, 2013
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    A Must See.
    The building looks small above grade but there is plenty to see on the lower level.
    Budget 3 hours minimum.
    You may want to take a break after 3 hours and come back for more.
    The best is in the lower level.
    The upper floors have the Hall of Fame and special exhibits..

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    VISIT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

    by DennyP Updated Sep 3, 2013

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    THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FROM THE STREET
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    CLEVELAND
    . ITS ONLY ROCK AND ROLL BUT I LIKE IT.!!!
    Well I have certainly waited a long time and travelled a long way to visit this world famous Museum ...and I am finally here..
    Before I even enter the building I am blown away as I see and view the interior of Johnny Cash's (home) Tour bus..that was located just outside the entryway..Upon entry to this glass pyramid which is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame There is much to see with various funny cars hanging from the ceiling etc.I purchase my ticket have a quick photo taken and go down the escalators to the lower level which hosts a myriad of amazing items and legendary musical memorabilia.Firstly is a huge screen with an Elvis "Mystery Train" travelogue on the big screen here can also be seen one of Elvis's cadillacs and a host of personal items..

    To begin to list what there is to see here is an impossibility in such a short space ..suffice to say that as this is where the phrase Rock and Roll was coined some sixty plus years ago by the legenday disc jockey of the time Allan Freeman ..Cleveland would have to be the "epicentre" of that particular music genre that was to change all popular music around the world and into the future.

    Here you will see the most amazing collection of many legendary musicians personal items ranging from cars to guitars..for the many that grew up with the 50's legends that started what was then an upheaval of current musical trends..like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jeannie Vincent, Eddie Cochrane.etc,..the list is a long one of course not overlooking the many groups that helped with their fame and of course the other genres of favourites music represented here by their own legends of "Blues" and "Soul " legends of Tamla Motown along with many "Country" famous artists..From the 50's to now with legends like The Band, Janis Joplin , Jimmy Hendrix, The Eagles, The Who, Guns and Roses ,Otis Reading, BB King , Ray Charles, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton, Elton John, on and on and on ..

    The Museum has six levels of exhibits and if you are into music you will be here for some time as your favourite artists are bound to be found here .Allow yourself at least four hours for your visit..and as there are just so many items in this Museum many of the displays are rotated from time to time to let everyone see as much of this incredible collection as possible.
    .On my visit there was a display on the top two floors that were dedicated to the many amazing items of the Rolling Stones".. I beleive prior to that there was a similar display dedicated to the Beatles..

    I can only conclude by saying....for me...this was an amazing Museum to visit and being a huge Rock and Roll fan ..a must see and on anyone's list that is a "Rock Music person." you couldn't be dissapointed.

    ALSO: The music store has some really "cool" merchandise.
    ENTRY IS: ADULTS $ 22.00

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    by Rabbityama Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Designed by I.M. Pei, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is just as interesting outside as it is on the inside! There are tons of memorabilia from modern artists, as well as America's favorites from past decades. From Elvis, to the Beatles, to Madonna, there are so many interesting displays of outfits worn by the artists, props used in music videos/concerts, albums/records, toys, and many other pieces of American rock and roll history. If you check their schedule, you may also have the opportunity to see a live concert! I met the singer, Pharrell, here just before his performance!

    Tthere may be times when certain icons have no displays while others have a larger feature. It's not a snub; they simply have too many things, so they have to rotate displays. Multiple visits are always worthwhile!

    (For ticket prices, open/closing times, special events, etc. please visit the website I've listed)

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Nice museum and homage to Rock and Roll in a fantastic setting. The museum has a number of video exhibits and displays.

    Not quite as good as the EMP in Seattle in my opinion but a must see if you are in Cleveland

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    Visit with Time and Enjoy the Memories

    by CdnJane Written Apr 27, 2010

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    My word of advice is that you visit when you have time to take it all in, and to enjoy the memories and the history. There is so much to see ... so many "I remember that" opportunities and "OH WOW" moments and "Do you believe that" scenarios to take in, and you really need to let it all soak in. We arrived there after a fair bit of driving, and walking in a cold wind, and I just don't feel that I was able to appreciate it as much as I would've liked. Rock and Roll has been around all my life whether I appreciated it or not - there was so much that I was aware of, but I just couldn't absorb it all.
    Having said that, I don't regret going - just wish that I could've taken it in more fully.

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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

    by yellowbell Updated Dec 15, 2008
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    We spent a good 3 hours browsing through exhibits of costumes, guitars, lyric sheets, cars of Madonna, Aerosmith, Beatles, Johnny Cash, Elvis etc. Whatever you do, don't miss the video of when the rock stars were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

    Sorry no picture was allowed inside except in the lobby where you can see me posing with the guitars.

    Open daily from 10 am - 5:30 pm and 9 pm on Wednesdays
    Adults (13-59): $20
    Seniors (60): $14
    Children (9-12): $11

    On a day that we visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Browns was scheduled for a game at the Cleveland Browns Stadium so parking fee went sky high. Just walk some four blocks and you'd find a decently-priced parking spot.

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    I love rock and roll

    by Herkbert Written Jul 1, 2008

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    Like music? Then plan a few hours to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame houses exhibits and memorabilia from some of the greatest acts of all time. Memorabilia includes outfits worn during shows, instruments, notes, letters, lyrics and even pictures and automobiles.

    There are six floors in the building, with the bulk of the memorabilia on the ground and second floors.

    Photos are not permitted in the hall of fame, but you can take them in the lobby.

    The building itself is quite cool. Designed by IM Pei (think Louvre pyramids), it is located right on the lakefront and is quite unique looking.

    Ticket prices are around $15, but discounts for seniors over 50 are available. Who else remembers most of the groups?

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    I Love Rock N' Roll

    by jjunt0522 Written May 20, 2008

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    Every vacation to Cleveland should include a trip to the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. It is incredible. Sure not everyone listens to rock, but I guarantee you everyone has heard of at least a few of the people in there. It is great.

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    by Penny0731 Written Apr 22, 2008

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    If you're a rock fan, you must go. It's worth the trip just to see the architectural structure of the building alone. There's a small floor dedicated to Pink Floyd too and that was the highlight of MY trip. They say to give yourself about 4 hours. I'd say give yourself more if you're thorough. The first floor takes the longest, the rest fly by. On the floor of the cafeteria, there's a section that's VERY easy to miss that is dedicated to the new and old inductees along with an autograph wall. Exhibits and displays change often in the museum.

    Tip: Eat beforehand or afterwards. The food prices are outrageous and the food looked unappetizing. We paid $8 for two cans of iced tea and two tiny bags of chips.

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    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum - a little pricey

    by edmeyer83 Written Apr 8, 2008
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    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum is (in my opinion) Cleveland's biggest attraction and draw for tourists. When I had an Italian exchange student at my house for 10 days, he chose to go to DC, Niagara Falls and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. To me, this shows just how important this attraction is. When I last visited, the museum had a huge collection on the bottom floor of many music artists' outfits, including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and tons of others! There are 6 total floors to this oddly shaped building. Escalators (and an elevator) will take you to each floor. Most of the floors have some cool music items and a lot of historic music items (old phonographs, radio equipment, etc). To me, the coolest part of the museum is the theater area with the never-ending video of all the inductees. Stay and watch the whole thing (once it reaches the current year's inductees, it will start over at the very first inductees). It is great to see all the great artists enshrined in the hall of fame forever. Upon leaving this room, be sure to check out the signatures on the wall while going up the ramped exit of the theater. There are always rotating exhibits, so be sure to check the website before you go. Also, make sure to check out any special events being held there before you go - your favorite artist may be performing a concert that evening. Overall, a must see attraction if you are a fan of any type of music.

    The museum is a bit pricey, so try to take advantage of the discounts listed below.

    It is open daily from 10 AM - 5:30 PM (Wednesdays until 9 PM.
    Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Prices are as follows:
    Adults - $22
    Cleveland residents - $18 (with ID)
    Seniors (65 and up) - $17
    Children (ages 9-12) - $13
    Children ages 8 and under - Free with adult admission

    2-day passes are available: $33 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for children (2 days in a row only).

    There is a $5 college i.d. and military discount. There is no AAA discount at the museum - you must buy them in advance at the AAA website if you want that discount.

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    I wanna ROCK!!

    by El_Cookie Written Nov 25, 2006

    Great place to visit if you are a rock and roll fan. The place has all kinds of memorabilia from song notes of Tom Petty to Jim Morrisons Cub Scout uniform. It has costumes from Jimmy Hendrix to Britney Spears and a few interesting films.

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    That big, weird, white building by the lake.

    by erikatheskysailor Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    This museum may not appeal to all, because it is hardly interactive, and probably won't appeal very much to the person not passionate about or appreciative of popular music history. The admission is steep ($20 US), but again, if the nature of the museum appeals to you.

    If you're pressed for time and can't get in, you can still see numerous exhibits in the lobby and lower lobby, without paying, of course. Overall, there's a lot of fascinating exhibits and memorabilia, but it's not a very interactive musuem.

    There collections rotate and new exhibitions come in every few months. Concerts are held there and some are held at their outdoor plaza for free. The actual inside of the Rock Hall is oddly laid out; there are no typical wide open, even floorplans; exhibits galleries are oddly shaped, often small and cramped. Don't expect a smoothly laid-out floorplan, basically. The odd floor space can also be tricky to naviagate with crowds. The lower exhibition hall has the most people-accomodating floorplan. As for the cafe, it serves a few (and I mean a few) simple meals and beverage selections. You'll also find a camera/coat check and large gift shop; coat/camera check is free (photography is strictly prohibited).

    Cleveland has had a significant music history, and the Hall certianly has relevance here, even if some do debate the "Birthplace of Rock and Roll' nickname we've got. :)

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    Rock-n-Roll Museum

    by el_ruso Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    This is the most famous sight in the city. From what I hear, it was a disappointment to the city in financial terms, and it actually may close down. So, hurry!

    The building was designed by I.M. Pei.

    Cleveland still clings to the rock music with great tenacity. It probably has more rock stations per capita than any other place on Earth, and it is not easy to find other types of music being played. So if you are a fan of rock music, you will really enjoy your visit here.

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  • Rock and Roll Capital

    by CoAir13 Updated Jan 9, 2006

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    Rock Hall

    Interesting collection of music memorabilia!! I have only been here once and that was when there was an exhibit featuring U2. It was fantastic! One should really like music to pay the $20 entry fee!! During the summer months, free concerts are held outside featuring national and local bands. Check website for events and tributes.

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