Everyone knows Graceland. As a shrine and homage to Elvis, his music and legacy, it has no equal. Even if you’ve never been there you’ve heard of it. The same probably goes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Interestingly enough, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a special exhibit on Elvis planned for September this year as part of its 15 year anniversary celebration.

The National Music Museum
The National Music Museum

But… there are other institutions — perhaps less recognizable but no less important — that are preserving and promoting our musical heritage.

American Classical Music Hall of Fame
Cincinnati, OH
“The American Classical Music Hall of Fame celebrates the exceptional individuals and institutions of the past and present who have provided the foundation of our rich classical musical history… those who have created our songs and symphonies, built our orchestras, developed our great schools and conservatories, and touched the hearts and minds of people all over the world.”

American Jazz Museum
Kansas City, MO
“Since its opening, the American Jazz Museum has hosted thousands of world-class jazz performances in its Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater; displayed dozens of compelling exhibitions in its Changing Gallery, presented countless education programs and community events and nurtured a unique artifact & film collection.”

Delta Blues Museum
Clarksdale, MS
“The Delta Blues Museum is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors find meaning, value, and perspective by exploring the history and heritage of the unique American musical art form of the blues.” Located in the famous Delta region that gave birth to performers such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

Experience Music Project
Seattle, WA
“Experience Music Project (EMP) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretative, interactive exhibitions with cutting-edge technology, EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock ‘n’ roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock’s influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres. Visitors can view rare artifacts and memorabilia and experience the creative process by listening to musicians tell their own stories.”

Memphis, TN
Elvis. No need to say more.

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
New York, NY
Offers a Visitors Center, events and free programs. Read about the important acquisition of the Savory Collection in the New York Times.

National Music Museum
Vermillion, SD
“Founded in 1973 on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, the National Music Museum (NMM) & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections, which include more than 14,800 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods, are the most inclusive anywhere.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Cleveland, OH
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.”

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Memphis, TN
“This 17,000-square-foot facility with more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, music exhibits, video footage, and items of memorabilia is designed to preserve and promote the legacy of American soul music…”

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