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Discover the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

There are few cities in the world that can legally claim their real estate rocks!

And Cleveland is one of them.

Ohio is home to the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which honors legends such as of John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson… just to name a few.

Music lovers – young and old alike – argue the hall of fame is the holiest place on the plant.

But what do you think…

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

History

Originally formed 25 years ago in New York City, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created to educate and celebrate everything rock and roll.

While plans to open a museum in New York City were underway, in 1985 the city of Ohio approached the organization and pitched their city as the premier location.

Ultimately the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation agreed and the museum officially opened in 1995 on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio.

The Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building is a piece of art in itself. In 1993, architect I.M. Pei began the construction of what is today one of the most iconic buildings in the world.

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Guitar Exhibit Credit: marada

Visiting the Museum

The Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum fills 150,000 square feet and seven floors with countless music exhibits and five film theaters.  The museum is more over the top, than some of the acts featured in the exhibits.  Speaking of exhibits…

The museum is continuously receiving new artifacts from musicians and collectors from around the world which means there exhibits remain fresh over time.

There featured collection displays the works of Otis Redding, Metallica, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Janis Joplin, and The Who… just to name a few.

While there special exhibits might take a closer look at women who rock, the roots of rock and roll, cities and sounds, Woodstock, fashion and rock, and so much more.

Adult admission is $22.  For the true rocker, 2-day passes are available for $33.  With the exception of Turkey day and Christmas, you can visit the museum from the hours of 10am to 5:30pm.

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame John Lennon Credit: Melissa Bowman Photography & Creative Design

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives

Located just 2 miles (3.25km) from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the general public can access a massive music archive and library at Cuyahoga Community College.  Actual works and documents from musicians, DJs, journalists, fans, photographers, music executives, historians, and more can be explored in greater detail right in your own hands.

  • Admission is free and they’re open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
  • 2809 Woodland Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44115 | 216.515.1956

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Credit: Slideshow Bruce

Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

No music museum would be complete without live concerts, events, lectures, films, and discussions .  With music icons being inducted to the Hall of Fame annually, their are some incredible shows that can’t be missed.

Be sure to check the calendar of events to make sure you don’t miss a beat.

I’ll never forget being at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony the year Bruce and Paul McCartney were inducted. We were at the bar, and Bruce was talking to Paul, and he turned to me and said, ‘I can’t believe I’m talking to Paul McCartney!’ I thought, ‘I can’t believe I’m talking to Bruce Springsteen, who’s talking to Paul McCartney!’ -Melissa Etheridge

When To Go

The best time to visit the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is from May to October.

Climate

From May to October, the average high temperatures range from 62.1 to 82.4°F (16.7 to 28°C), low temperatures range from 44.2 to 63.2°F (6.8 to 17.6°C), and precipitation ranges from 3 to 3.5 inches (78 to 89mm) each month.

Getting There & Around

Cleveland is located in northern Ohio on Lake Erie.

The best way to get to Cleveland is to fly into Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport located 13 miles (21km) from downtown.

Walking is the best way to explore the city.

Average Costs

  • Mid-range accommodations: $50-100
  • Meals: $10-20
  • Bottle of beer: $2.50
  • Adult admission: $22

Do’s

  • See a show at the Cleveland Play House the second largest performing arts center in the U.S.
  • Check out University Circle located 5 miles (8 km) east of downtown for Cleveland’s Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens, and Museum of Art.
  • Visit the West Side Market (West 25th St and Lorain Ave) which has been open since 1840.  It’s open from Monday to Wednesday 7am to 4pm and Friday to Saturday 7am to 6pm.

Don’ts

  • Leave Cleveland without eating a Polish Boy which can be found at BBQ and Soul food restaurants.
  • Walk around intoxicate or alone at night.
  • Miss a visit to Little Italy for some delicious food.  If you’re in town in August be sure to check out the Feast of the Assumption Festival.

Fun Facts

  • In 1879, Cleveland was the first electrically light city in the world.
  • Jesse Owens a four time Olympic gold medalist in track and field grew up in Cleveland.
  • In 1995, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Ohio.

Feature Image Credit: Cuyahoga jco

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