We have said that we were going to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame many times on our way to or from Toronto and had just never done it until today. It seemed fitting since we have just been to visit the Memphis music scene.
We waited for morning rush hour to subside then headed downtown arriving at a beautiful sunny 10:30. The museum is right next door to the Science Center and there's a parking deck there, a short walk to Rock and Roll.
The architecture and setting of the museum is pretty spectacular....inside in the atrium there is lots of sunlight. Escalators take you to seven levels.
The museum does provide some historical background for the development of the genre but really the museum is made up of lots of artifacts: clothing,
instruments, cars, records, handwritten lyrics, publications, etc once belonging or on loan from stars in Rock.
Also there's lots of music and video booths were you can drop in and taste some of the sites and sounds of the world of Rock and Roll.
You would be at the museum a long time if you looked at everything....to help you the museum has posted certain artifacts with an emblem, indicating this is something every visitor should see.
That helped a bit but honestly you just have to float along and let things speak to you....anyway, it's only Rock and Roll, but I like it......yes I do....(sorry, couldn't resist..)
And of course there is the Hall of Fame where the inductees are featured. A wall with backlit signatures of the members is an interesting and personal way to think about the members. The hall also has a multimedia theater presenting video, music, interviews, etc. about the inductees. We enjoyed watching and appreciating the inductees from recent years.
The newest special exhibit to open at the museum is the interesting "Rolling Stones, 50 Years of Satisfaction."
It is set up on levels 5 and 6 and has artifacts from their 50 (can you believe it?) years.
We enjoyed the short introductory film, "Mystery Train." It put into a nutshell, without any dialog---just music and images, the "journey" of Rock and Roll from the Delta to Appalachia, up the Mississippi to Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, LA and beyond. It left you thinking what's next?
But what else could there be???