800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
UPDATED FOR 2021
Open six days a week 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
CLOSED ON TUESDAYS
Periodically, the Museum will close early for special events so be sure to check the website before visiting.
Admission for Adults: $15
Seniors 65+: $13
College Students, Military (Valid ID required): $13
Youth (6-17): $13
Children (5 and younger): Free
Advance tickets are available online.
Membership Levels and Prices:
Membership at the GRAMMY Museum provides you with free admission for a year, early access to GRAMMY Museum Public Programs, and invitations to special events. Each membership level also has its own special benefits. Check the website for details.
Household (for two adults and up to four youth): $125
Friend of the Museum: $425
Parking at the GRAMMY Museum:
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.
Dining Options at The GRAMMY 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 Yard House, Smashburger, Patxi’s Pizza, and more.
Also, some restaurants do validate parking.
What To See and Do at the GRAMMY Museum:
“The GRAMMY Museum aims to educate individuals about the history and cultural significance of American music and to inspire the next generation to explore and create new forms of music using the roots that have existed in this country for centuries. The Museum accomplishes this through innovative programming, cutting edge interactive, and exciting exhibitions.”
A trip to the GRAMMY Museum really isn’t like any other museum visit. There are a lot of hands-on opportunities here (with disinfecting wipes that can be used before and after) as well as multiple hand-sanitizer stations throughout the museum.
If all you’re familiar with is the GRAMMY Award show, you’re in for a treat. This museum is so much more. Be sure to stop and take a look to see how the GRAMMY Award itself has evolved over time, becoming larger and larger.
The Museum consists of four levels; visitors start at the top and work their way down. Take a look at hand-written song lyrics and sheet music, instruments, clothing (an Elvis Presley shirt and Whitney Houston dress, for example), and more.
A few of the permanent exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum include:
On the Red Carpet: Take a picture as you pose on the red carpet. Then, marvel at “original clothing worn on the GRAMMY Red Carpet and on stage, illustrating the glitz and glamour of Music’s Biggest Night.”
Mono to Immersive Experience Room: Listen to how the sound of recorded music has evolved in this special room. Visitors will be taken on a “visual and audible journey of recorded sound from the dusty cylinders of the 19th century to the surround sound of the present as you engross yourself in your favorite GRAMMY performances.”
Michael Jackson Display: Here you’ll find “artifacts that portray Jackson’s career during the time when his hit album Thriller was released.” On display are sequin gloves, a signed Thriller jacket, hand-written song lyrics, photos, costume sketches, and more.
Latin Music Gallery: In this space, families will find a “showcase” for the “power of Latin music as it continues to grow as one of the leading influences worldwide.” Exhibits include video recordings, sound recordings, photos, and much more.
Crossroads: Ever wonder how one musical genre was influenced by another? “Discover the history and interconnectivity of 160+ genres of music at the Crossroads table.”
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Temporary exhibits, usually at the Museum for a designated amount of time, means a visit to the GRAMMY Museum is always slightly different. There’s always something new to explore and discover.
Motown: The Sound of Young America is on exhibit until Winter 2021. This fascinating exhibition “traces the evolution of the label, focusing on its major artists and musical achievements, and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence some of pop music’s most important artists today.” Families will view stage outfits (including gowns worn by The Supremes), have fun with interactive displays, observe instruments (such as Stevie Wonder’s harmonica and keyboard), and much more.
Dave Matthews Band: Inside Out is at the Museum until Fall 2021. This special exhibit takes a look at the nearly 30 years this well-known band has been performing, including their beginnings in Virginia to their sold-out tours and benefit concerts. Families will also view song lyrics, instruments, drawings, concert posters, and much more.
This Is Nat King Cole is on display until Fall 2021. This temporary exhibit offers a “retrospective of Cole’s career, his most significant professional accomplishments, his relationship with Capitol Records, as well as, a glimpse into his personal life through handwritten letters to his wife and family, among other items.”
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. Be sure to check out our post “9 Things To Do With Kids in Downtown Los Angeles” for some ideas.