Guide to the GRAMMY Museum
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800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
The Museum is open Monday through Friday 10:30 am to 6:30 pm and on Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm. Periodically, the Museum will close early for special events so be sure to check the website before visiting.
“The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the enduring legacy of all forms of recorded music.”
A trip to the GRAMMY Museum really isn’t like any other museum visit. My son and I found it quite interesting to see how the GRAMMY Award itself has evolved over time, becoming larger and larger. The Museum consists of four levels, and visitors are encouraged to start at the top and work their way down. You’ll find costumes (an Elvis Presley shirt and Whitney Houston dress, for example), instruments, sheet music, and more behind glass cases. Headphones encourage visitors to stop and listen. There are also “mini-listening rooms” where families can learn about the evolution of pop music, for example, or hear how the quality of music listening has changed from the very earliest phonographs to cassettes to compact discs to iPods.
Learn about different genres of music, marvel at the “Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery” which includes handwritten lyrics, spend time learning about the Latin GRAMMY, and turn your family into a rock band at the “Roland LIVE” section of the Museum (my son’s favorite part of the Museum). Here you’ll find electronic musical instruments allowing you to try your talents at the drums, keyboards, guitars, and more.
Another of my son’s favorite sections is the “Celebrating Michael Jackson” display which includes costumes (such as the white suit worn on the Thriller album cover), and artifacts tracing Jackson’s career from the beginning as part of the Jackson 5 to his successful solo career.
Keep in mind, the GRAMMY Museum has a “no photography, video and audio recording” policy.
The Museum is never the same place twice due to their changing special exhibits. Currently, on display is Katy Perry Frock & Roll: Transforming Music and Fashion. The exhibition coincided with Katy Perry’s WITNESS: The Tour. Fans will find some of “the most iconic fashion moments of her career” including performance outfits as well as red-carpet outfits. (The exhibition will be on display until Spring 2018).
Families will also find X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles at the Museum until March. This exhibition includes original instruments, clothing, rare photographs, and more that document the history and 40th anniversary of the Los Angeles punk rock band, X.
Deep Heart: Roots, Rock & Music of Carlos Vives is on display through November 2018. This exhibition looks at the successful career of Carlos Vives, a GRAMMY-winning “Colombian singer/songwriter who pioneered the integration of the indigenous and vallenato sounds of his country into popular music.” Items on display include handwritten lyrics, clothing items, awards, and more.
Chasing Trane: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey Transcended will be at the GRAMMY Museum through September 2018. This special exhibition will “celebrate the music of GRAMMY-winning saxophone great John Coltrane through rare performance footage and audio recordings from Coltrane’s Japanese tour in 1966, handwritten manuscripts, instruments, and more.”
Admission is $12.95 for adults, seniors (65 and older) are $11.95, children ages 5-17 are $10.95. Children 5 years and under are free.
Membership options are available including a Family Membership which provides free admission for two adults and up to four children (ages 6-17). In addition, members receive a discount in the GRAMMY Museum store, discounts at select Los Angeles area restaurants and merchants, preferred opportunity to purchase tickets to certain GRAMMY Museum-hosted events, and more.
The GRAMMY Museum is a part of L.A. LIVE, and the adjacent parking structure has almost 4,000 available parking spaces. The Museum does not validate parking. Additionally, there are also many smaller, privately owned parking lots minutes away from the Museum.
While the GRAMMY Museum doesn’t have a restaurant on-site, several family-friendly restaurants are located within L.A. LIVE. Popular choices include Smashburger, Live Basil Pizza, Lawry’s Carvery, and many more.
The GRAMMY Museum isn’t huge which means it won’t take families all day to explore it. Luckily, the Museum is located near some other fun attractions. You can spend some time at L.A. LIVE or explore some of the other downtown Los Angeles spots that are family-friendly. Click here to read our post “9 Things To Do With Kids in Downtown Los Angeles.”
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