Grammy Museum at L.A. Live

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The Grammy Museum
Museum entrance
EstablishedDecember 2008; 15 years ago (2008-12)
Location800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates34°02′41″N 118°15′52″W / 34.044736°N 118.264549°W / 34.044736; -118.264549
TypeMusic museum
DirectorMichael Sticka
Public transit access A Line E Line J Line  Pico
Opening hours10:30am–6:30pm (Sun–Thu)
10am–8pm (Fri/Sat)
Closed Tuesdays

The Grammy Museum is an interactive, educational museum devoted to the history and winners of the Grammy Awards. The Museum has interactive touch-screens, videos, recording booths, and a collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, hand-written lyrics, records, and audio/video recordings.

In addition to the original in downtown Los Angeles, there is also The Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Mississippi[1] and a Grammy Museum at Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.[2] The Grammy Museum Experience opened in autumn 2017 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[3][4]


The Grammy Museum, located in downtown Los Angeles's L.A. Live, opened in December 2008 corresponding to the Grammy Awards' 50th anniversary. The museum consists of four floors, including historical music artifacts displays, interactive instrument stations and recording booths, and a 200-seat Clive Davis Theater.[5]

Since its opening, the Grammy Museum has presented over 300 public programs including educational programs for young students.


The Grammy Museum explores the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the Grammy Awards.[6]

The Grammy Museum features exhibits including: behind-the-scenes live performances, seminars, classes, musician meet-and-greets, and interactive recording booths.[6] The museum starts on the fourth floor and continues down to the third and second floor.[5] The exhibit, Crossroads, on the fourth floor, features touch-screens to view photos and listen to music of all genres. Another interactive exhibit allows the user to go inside six different sound-proof recording booths as famous performers and producers teach about different stages of producing commercial soundtracks. Visitors can record their own singing and rapping track, and remix it to produce a cover of various pop songs. The museum also has outfits worn by Grammy Award-winning musicians such as Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna.[7][8]

The Grammy Museum regularly updates and displays special exhibits. Some current and past exhibits include:

Past Exhibits

  • John Lennon, Songwriter (closed September 6, 2011)
  • Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll exhibit, May 16, 2011 – December 1, 2011
  • Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey exhibit, (closed May 4, 2011)
  • Strange Kozmic Experience (closed January 17, 2011)
  • Instruments of Art (closed December 31, 2010)
  • I Am, I Said: Selections from the Neil Diamond Collection (closed May 10, 2010)
  • Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer (closed March 28, 2010)
  • Occupation Dreamer: The Photography of Moshe Brakha (closed August 9, 2009)
  • Jenni Rivera, singer-songwriter (closed May 11, 2014)[13]
  • Columbia Records 360 exhibit (one year display Nov. 2012 to closed Sept. 2013 [14]

Special events and programs[edit]

The Grammy Museum frequently holds live performances, seminars, classes, and discussions at its Clive Davis Theater. Public Programs with musicians such as Ben Harper, Flavor Flav, and John Legend are open to the public. Museum members receive priority ticketing and seating.

Location and hours[edit]

The Grammy Museum is located in Los Angeles downtown's L.A. Live campus at the corner of Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard. The museum has an Olympic Boulevard address, but the main entrance is on Figueroa Street. Bronze disks for each year's Grammy Awards – honoring the top winners, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year – are embedded in the sidewalks on the streets of LA Live.

The museum opens on Sunday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Museum, GRAMMY. "GRAMMY Museum Mississippi – GRAMMY Museum". Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Museum, GRAMMY. "GRAMMY Museum Gallery at Musicians Hall of Fame – GRAMMY Museum". Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Yi, Karen (February 7, 2017). "Grammy Museum coming to Newark's Prudential Center". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  4. ^ King, Kate (February 7, 2017). "Grammy Museum to Open Newark Location This Fall". Retrieved May 11, 2019 – via
  5. ^ a b Bream, Jon; Ken Viste (April 16, 2009). "Museum in a Minute: GRAMMY Museum strikes a chord". San Jose Mercury News. Star Tribune. Retrieved April 29, 2009. The country's newest music shrine – the GRAMMY Museum, which opened in December – fits in downtown Los Angeles like another cowboy hat in Nashville.
  6. ^ a b "Our Mission". 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015: The Grammy Museum. 2008. Archived from the original (PHP) on April 18, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2009. The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment. The Pixies, Itzhak Perlman, Ludacris, Brad Paisley, Madonna and Yo-Yo Ma typically wouldn't share a marquee, but they're in perfect harmony under the GRAMMY Museum roof.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  7. ^ McFarland, Rob (April 26, 2009). "Backstage at the gong show". The Age. The Age, 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne 3000: The Age/FairFax Digital. The Age. Retrieved April 30, 2009. Listening to Amy Winehouse as she would have sounded in the late-1800s is surreal.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  8. ^ "Fourth Floor" (PHP). 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015: The Grammy Museum. 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2009. The moment the elevator doors open, you are fully immersed in the GRAMMY experience.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  9. ^ Kubernik, Harvey (June 16, 2015). "Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music Exhibit at the Grammy Museum May 2015–Spring 2016". Cave Hollywood. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Museum, GRAMMY. "Backstreet Boys: The Experience | GRAMMY Museum".
  11. ^ Applefeld Olson, Cathy (January 21, 2020). "Lyrics, Lipstick, Legacy: Inside the Grammy Museum's 'Beyond Black: The Style of Amy Winehouse' Exhibit". Billboard. Retrieved January 21, 2020.
  12. ^ "The GRAMMY Museum Announces 'Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience,' Honoring Her Creative Legacy; Opening March 2023". Grammy Awards. Retrieved January 27, 2023.
  13. ^ Museum, GRAMMY. "Jenni Rivera, La Gran Señora – GRAMMY Museum". Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Museum, GRAMMY. "360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story – GRAMMY Museum". Retrieved May 11, 2019.

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