Main Exhibit Hall
The history of rock & roll is far from linear. Explore the sonic history and many evolutions of the music that changed the world starting with the Roots of Rock, through the Legends of Rock, to today's artists in Right Here, Right Now.
Iconic: Baron Wolman Images of an Era
Baron Wolman’s photographs of musicians in the late Sixties encapsulate an unparalleled time in American history. As the first chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine, Wolman not only documented the era but helped to define it in images for subsequent generations of fans.
THE BEAT GOES ON
Explore the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll and some of the most iconic One Hit Wonders.
DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK
How do early rock & roll songs go from being the devil's music to being used in prescription drug ads? How does Heavy Metal music labeled as profane go on to become high school marching band staples? Rock & Roll has always been music of youth culture, and so history keeps repeating itself.
Pioneers of Rock
Hotter Than July: The Bruce W. Talamon R&B Photographs
The special exhibition highlights the work of photographer Bruce W. Talamon and features images of Inductees including the Isley Brothers, Sir Elton John, and Earth, Wind & Fire. The photographs show pivotal moments from the culture-shifting television series Soul Train, and groundbreaking concerts including the 1972 Wattstax Music Festival and the 1977 P-Funk Earth Tour.
Cities & Sounds
Drop into the cities that sparked major shifts in rock & roll - rock's Big Bang in Memphis, Detroit's Motown scene, the Summer of Love in San Francisco, the supergroups of 70's L.A., Philly Soul, the simultaneous birth of Punk in New York, London, and L.A., and the Grunge movement from Seattle. You can also explore the early days of rock & roll in Rave On, the soulful sounds of R&B, and raw power of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal.
Forest City Charitable/RMS Foundations Theater
Now Playing: From The Vault -- The Beatles. Amazing, once-in-a-lifetime jams from our Induction stage featuring Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and a remarkable list of superstar musicians. This highlight reel plays on loop all day, unless otherwise noted.
The Music of Cleveland and the Midwest
Cleveland earned its place on the rock and roll map in the early '50s when local disc jockey Alan Freed was the first to call the R&B music he was playing on his nightly radio show “rock and roll.” From then on, the Midwest has played a crucial role in rock's expansion across the country and generations.
1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44114