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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

1 Key Plaza
Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: 216 781 1832 --

Statement of Purpose:

The concept for a museum and archive dedicated to rock's vital heritage was initiated in 1983, when a group of influential figures in the music industry created the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation to honor the men and women who have made unique s contributions to the energy and evolution of rock and roll. The Foundation undertook a nationwide search for an appropriate location, and in 1986 Cleveland was selected as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

In addition to supporting the development of the new museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation organizes the annual nomination, election and induction of new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The nominees are chosen by a committee of historians and musicologists, and are eligible if they have released a record at least 25 years prior to induction. They are then voted on by an international group of music industry professionals, including producers, broadcasters, journalists and performers. Since 1986, approximately 100 artists, as welf as members in non-performer and early influence categories, have been inducted into this pantheon of rock greats.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will contain a dramatic permanent gallery for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, housing a multi-media tribute to the artists and industry leaders who have made major contributions to the art of rock and roll. Continuous glass walls contain illuminated panels in which the names and signatures of the honorees are etched. Punctuating the wall are television monitors showing images of Hall of Fame members and brief programs on their careers and influences.

Highlights & Collections:







The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's collection is the world's definitive source for the preservation, interpretation and celebration of the history of rock and roll.

The collection charts the evolution of rock and roll from its roots in the early part of this century, through its birth in the Fifties, its explosion in the Sixties and into the present. Exhibited in conjunction with films and interactive computers, the artifacts in the collection tell the stories of the music' s great artists and help explain the music's evolution, as well as many of the themes and issues the music has addressed.

To capture the ever-evolving spirit of rock and roll, the collection features some items for temporary display. Through these changing exhibitions, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum can continually offer visitors fresh, new experiences in rock and roll.  The best moving company will transport the contents of older exhibits to storehouses so new exhibits can be set up to entertain visitors. Moving companies are used to transporting valuable items from one location to another, but even moving companies will be thrilled to know they are moving items belonging to some of the greatest rock and roll stars ever.


Among the highlights of the collection are:

Exhibits & Special Events:

The museum's exhibits are designed to give the visitor a unique, interactive experience. The Museum's collection is brought to life through a combination of high-tech wizardry and innovative film and video. The Museum offers a comprehensive retrospective on the music's origins, its development, its legends, and its immense impact on global culture.

The exhibitions will take the visitor on a fast-paced journey through the history of rock and roll. They will bring the visitor into the experience, showcasing rock and roll and its impact on society. Major music scenes, specific artists and the music's impact on the way we live will be examined.

Special Features:

Additional Features:

Archives and Library:

The museum will house a full-service library and archival facility which utilizes the permanent collection and archive database for research on the ongoing evolution of rock and roll. The facility will provide the public with unprecedented access to rare materials, as well as assist the museum staff in the development of public programs.


Memorial Day-Labor Day

Labor Day-Memorial Day

The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Admission & Directions:

From I-77, I-71 and I-90, use East 9th Street exits.



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Key Personnel:

William N. Hulett, Co - Chair & C.E.O.

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