You've now arrived at the GRAMMY Awards. Greeted by a giant replica of the famous trophy, you're free to explore the history, excitement, and glamour of the world's premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment. To your left, History of the GRAMMY Awards gathers together some of the most significant, exciting — and occasionally outrageous — stories from the Awards' half-century of history. Just behind you, GRAMMY Legends honors the contributions of three major GRAMMY Award-winners (Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, and Neil Diamond) through an exciting array of personal artifacts.
Your experience culminates in an in-depth exploration of the GRAMMY® Awards telecast. This blend of film, artifacts, and graphics takes you deep inside the GRAMMY Awards, letting you experience all the glamour, recognition, and celebration.
Recording Art and Technology
As you arrive on the third floor, you are instantly immersed in Roland Live, the Museum's newest permanent installation. Surrounding you, a wide variety of Roland electronic instruments offer you the chance to participate in the music-making process and think critically about how today's music is crafted.
Revolutions of Recorded Sound
Containing a combination of artifacts, interactive audio, and historical imagery, Revolutions of Recorded Sound takes you on a journey of recorded sound, from the dusty cylinders of the 19th century to the surround sound of the present. Highlighting the most significant leaps forward, this exhibit demonstrates the ways in which technology has changed not only what you hear, but how and where you hear it. Adjacent, a custom sound experience invites you to enter. Select a track, and listen as Playback: From Mono to Surround takes you from 1877 to today in the course of a song.
Studio Profiles introduces you to some of the world's greatest recording studios. Archetypes of their time, these "temples of sound" are responsible for countless essential recordings. Through a mix of compelling stories and rare imagery, you'll learn how and why.
In the Studio
The capstone of your Museum visit, In the Studio is an exciting group of interactive experiences, offering a breadth of unmatched access and opportunity. Spread across eight self-contained pods, each offering a different experience, this exhibit uses touch-screen interactivity and one-of-a-kind film footage to take you inside the recording process. Meeting and assisting you on your journey are some of music's most famous and significant producers, engineers, and recording artists. Drawn from a wide variety of eras and genres, they guide you through a distinct activity common to the recording process; just like in a real studio, you'll hear the consequences of the creative and technical choices you make, and experience firsthand the challenge and satisfaction of making great music.
Roland Live gives visitors a chance to participate in the music-making process. By playing electronic musical instruments, guests will have the opportunity to explore and think critically about how today's music is crafted.
Among a wide variety of Roland products, visitors will have the chance to interact with V-Drums, BOSS pedals, Handsonic, VIMA keyboards, and the MV-8800 Production Studio.
You've now arrived at the GRAMMY Awards. Greeted by a giant replica of the famous trophy, you're free to explore the history, excitement, and glamour of the world's premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment. To your left, History of the GRAMMY Awards gathers together some of the most significant, exciting — and occasionally outrageous — stories from the Awards' half-century of history; to your right, On the Red Carpet showcases some of its memorable outfits. Just behind you, GRAMMY Legends honors the contributions of three major GRAMMY Award-winners (Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, and Neil Diamond) through an exciting array of personal artifacts.
Journeying behind the glamour, the next exhibits take you into the heart of the program and its production. Picking the Winners unveils how the nomination and awards processes work, while The GRAMMY Telecast uses rare artifacts, stories, and film to tell the fascinating stories of how the world's largest live music telecast is pulled together each year.
After exploring a gallery of Notable Winners — some of whom are likely to surprise you — GRAMMY Charities showcases The Recording Academy's philanthropic efforts in the United States, and The Latin GRAMMYs highlights the arrival of the exciting sister organization, The Latin Recording Academy that has taken GRAMMY international.
Finally, take a seat and experience some Great GRAMMY Performances. This rotating program spans fifty years and multiple genres to showcase some of the most unforgettable GRAMMY footage — much of it rarely seen in public.
- Fourth Floor
- Third Floor
- Second Floor
- Temporary Exhibits
- Barry White, Unlimited Love
- Blue Note: The Finest in Jazz
- California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon 1965-1977
- Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me!
- The GRAMMY Museum Archives
- Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora
- John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone
- Plácido Domingo: A Tenor’s Story
- Ringo: Peace & Love
- Traveling Exhibits
- Past Exhibits