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The entrance to the Main Exhibit Hall inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

What's happening at the Rock Hall

From daily activities included with admission to upcoming special events, check out the line up below.

Holiday Weekend Extended Hours

Rock through the holidays at the museum - on Friday, December 27 & Saturday, December 28 we're open late until 7pm. 

Looking for places to bring friends and family in town? Get out of the house and rock with us downtown during the holiday season. We're open every day except Christmas and are keeping the lights on until 7pm on Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. Check out some of the activities and programs included with admission:

THE ROCK & ROLL GAME SHOW

Fridays in December, 12:30pm

Who was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? When did The Beatles invade America? Who played at both the original Woodstock Festival and the 25th Anniversary show in 1994?

If you answered one or all of these questions correctly, you could have a shot at competing in our game show in front of your friends and family! Head up to the Klipsch Stage on Level 1 and ask any of our Crew Members how you can compete. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

CONCERT:  ROCK & ROLL CLASSICS

Fridays 12/27 and Saturday 12/28, 1:15pm

The Rock Hall’s jam band, The Mechanics, perform a set of some of rock & roll's most recognizable hits. Sing along with our crew or head up to The Garage where you can pick up your own instrument and play.

2013 Inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart
2013 Inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart
Play It Loud Exhibit Promotion
Play It Loud Exhibit Promotion
Special Exhibit Open

Now on display: Play It Loud: The Instruments of Rock & Roll

Our largest single exhibit ever. Experience a rare, in-depth look at the artists and instruments that created the songs we know and love. Get up close to instruments played and beloved by the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, Sheryl Crow, the Eagles, Jerry Garcia, Kim Gordon, Jimi Hendrix, Brittany Howard, Wanda Jackson, Joan Jett, Metallica, Joni Mitchell, Tom Morello, Prince, the Rolling Stones, the Roots, Bruce Springsteen, St. Vincent, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tina Weymouth, Nancy Wilson and other rock & roll greats.

Co-organized with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s only time these iconic instruments will be together in one massive collection.  Open through summer 2020.

EXPLORE THE EXHIBIT

Play It Loud Exhibit Opening Party

Play It Loud Exhibit Opening Party

Rock out inside the fully stocked Jam space
Rock out inside the fully stocked Jam space
Learn to play an instrument with Rock Hall staff
Learn to play an instrument with Rock Hall staff
Included with admission daily

Live Jams and Sing-Alongs in The Garage

Level 2, The Garage

Hear the Rock Hall’s jam band, The Mechanics, perform a set of some of rock & roll's most memorable and singable songs from our Hall of Fame Inductees. Sing backup for us and join in the fun.

Daily performance times vary, check schedule inside museum. Performances in The Garage require museum admission.

Instrument Lessons

Level 2, The Garage

Every day in The Garage you can pick up an instrument, crank up the volume and make your own music in the museum. On select days, you can stop by for a FREE one-on-one beginner lesson session on many of the instruments featured in the Garage. The best part? We'll lug all of the gear!

Weekly Schedule

Monday through Friday we offer a variety of instrument lessons, including: Guitar, Bass, Drums and Keyboards. Lessons start at 11am and wrap up by 5pm. On Saturdays and Sundays we add special Ukulele Clinics to the line up. 

Lesson times, days and instruments may be subject to change. Check daily museum schedule for confirmation. 

Play trivia games like "Name That Riff" inside the museum and win prizes.
Play trivia games like "Name That Riff" inside the museum and win prizes.
Stories of Rock

Stop by a Stories of Rock presentation, held by our Rock Hall experts. Learn about your favorite sounds and artists in our exhibits, or even compete to win a prize during one of our pop up game shows.

Sample Stories of Rock subjects include Name That Riff, The Rock & Roll Game Show and more. 

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Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones U2 Fergie 25th Anniversary Concert

25th Anniversary Concert Performance at Madison Square Garden

Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones U2 Fergie 25th Anniversary Concert

25th Anniversary Concert Performance at Madison Square Garden
Film Screenings

Watch special Rock Hall footage with admission

Foster Theater, level 4

Films & showtimes vary day to day.  Selections include The 25th Anniversary Concerts and Induction Highlights from the Vault.

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTS & MORE

About the 25th anniversary concert: In October 2009, rock royalty held court at Madison Square Garden for what has been called "the best concerts ever." Featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Metallica, U2, Aretha Franklin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, & more!

(4 hours)

See any crew member upon arrival for today’s showtimes.

Free Admission: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Free Admission on Monday, January 20th, 2020

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - events and times may change, check with museum staff for finalized schedule

Film Screenings & Activities in Foster Theater (Level 4):

10:30 a.m. FILM: LET FREEDOM SING (Not Rated, 1 hr 42 minutes)

For a brief moment in time, a few daring, innovative musicians stood at the crossroads of a revolution in music and culture. Across one of the most turbulent periods in American history-from the early Civil Rights Era to Watergate-they brought music, medium and message together as never before, composing a soundtrack perfectly tuned to the tempo and pulse of its time.

1:30 p.m. CLEVELAND IS THE CITY: A FAMILY EDUCATIONAL SESSION

Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. Listen to artists from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Tracy Chapman to Kid Cudi who helped create Cleveland's culture. 

2:30 p.m. ROCK & ROLL AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: A FAMILY EDUCATIONAL SESSION

Learn how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock & roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.

3:30 p.m. FILM: LET FREEDOM SING (Not Rated, 1 hr 42 minutes)

For a brief moment in time, a few daring, innovative musicians stood at the crossroads of a revolution in music and culture. Across one of the most turbulent periods in American history-from the early Civil Rights Era to Watergate-they brought music, medium and message together as never before, composing a soundtrack perfectly tuned to the tempo and pulse of its time.

 

Live Performances on the Klipsch Audio Main Stage (Level 1):

10:30 a.m. Performance by Rainey Institute Dance Team

11:30 a.m. Performance of original songs by Notes for Notes 

1:00 p.m. Performance by Kyle Kidd 

3:00 p.m. Performance by The Katy

 

Family Activities (Level 0):

11 a.m.-4 p.m. family activities with Rock Hall Staff

Enjoy crafts and activities such as creating your own protest signs and adding to the Rock Hall’s dream wall.

 

Film Screening (Level 0):

Forest City Theater, Main Exhibit Hall (Level 0)

All Day - Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech (22 minute film loop)

Messages celebrating Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech created by visitors
Messages celebrating Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech created by visitors
A Free Performance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A Free Performance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
High School Rock Off: Round 1

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The road to the Rock Hall begins at the High School Rock Off! Student bands compete in round 1 to be a part of the Final Exam. 

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Rock Hall Nights: Mardi Gras

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Let the good times roll as you dance to jazz music, play instruments, discover the sounds of Mardi Gras, and compete for prizes in our trivia contests.

Our monthly “Rock Hall Nights” invites you to step inside the exhibits and experience the museum in a whole new way.  Grab a drink and a bite to eat from our All Access Cafe, request your favorite song from the DJ, put your musical fandom to the test and get a special look at an artifact from our vault. Each Night will explore a different monthly topic and Rock Hall curators and educators will be on hand to engage, teach and inspire fans.

Touring of exhibits between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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