The moment the elevator doors open, you are fully immersed in the GRAMMY experience. A hallway of music welcomes you. The passageway opens up to an exciting gallery space filled with content-rich interactives, films, and artifacts. These can be explored in any order you choose. Both on their own and taken as a whole, they reveal the legacy of recorded music and the many ways in which it intertwines with social and cultural history.
The large and colorful Crossroads table spreads out before you, inviting you to explore nearly one-hundred and sixty genres of music. Grab the ones that interest you; they open up to reveal photos, songs, and stories that describe the music and its impact. In turn, each genre reveals connections to others, inviting you to experience familiar sounds in new ways, and new sounds in exciting ways.
Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery
Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery features video highlights from the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) Awards & Induction Dinners, an information kiosk of SHOF inductees and honorees, and interactive songwriting kiosks where visitors can collaborate in writing a song with legendary SHOF inductee songwriters Hal David (Rain Drops Keep Fallin' on My Head), Lamont Dozier (Baby Love), and Desmond Child (You Give Love a Bad Name).
Four Enduring Traditions pods, lined with unique artifacts and oversize imagery, beckon you to explore the history of some of America's most significant musical traditions: pop, folk, sacred, classical, blues, and jazz. Inside, vintage footage and interviews with a broad spectrum of musical artists capture the essence of the music.
Recent additions to these musical time capsules serve to highlight the careers of three distinguished artists and to showcase each artist's contributions to R&B, soul, gospel or blues. On display are GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winners Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, and GRAMMY Award-winning blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Stage outfits from all three artists can be seen in their respective cases, along with original albums, recording contracts and, featured in the Stevie Ray Vaughan display, his prized Fender Broadcaster guitar "Jimbo," so-named by his brother Jimmie Vaughan, the guitar's original owner and one of Stevie Ray Vaughan's greatest musical influences.
Spread across a curved wall, a map of the continental United States flashes, drawing your attention to Music Epicenters. Using dynamic touch screens, you explore the times and places where the sounds of American music have changed, and learn about the nation's rich and varied musical legacies. On an adjacent wall, one city's story is illustrated with artifacts and compelling imagery. This spotlight city exhibit is changed on a consistent basis, allowing even more stories to be told.
Against a backdrop of some of modern music's most revolutionary figures, an audiovisual timeline reveals the past half-century. As you explore Culture Shock, the frequently heated intersection of music and the broader culture is revealed, telling some of society's most compelling stories, and spurring critical thinking.