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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

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Celebrating the spirit of music, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame features displays narrating the story of some of the most influential performers, producers, and other professionals in the music industry. Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, the building rises above the shores of Lake Erie, featuring a mix of geometric forms and cantilevered spaces, with a 49 m (160 ft) tower supporting a triangular structure often described as a glass tent. A top landmark in the city, the building houses a store, cafe, and over 5,100 sq m (55,000 sq ft) of exhibit spaces. Stop by to learn the secrets behind some of rock and roll's most successful acts, such as the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. Arrange to visit Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and other attractions in Cleveland using our Cleveland trip builder site.
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  • Well worth the visit. $35 entry for adults. Plan on spending several hours, there is much to see. The new Beatles exhibit was wonderful. 
    Well worth the visit. $35 entry for adults. Plan on spending several hours, there is much to see. The new Beatles exhibit was wonderful.  more »
  • This place is just fun. Everyone will find something here to interest them--especially Beatles fans. The people working here are fantastic. 
    This place is just fun. Everyone will find something here to interest them--especially Beatles fans. The people working here are fantastic.  more »
  • My entire reason for visiting Cleveland was the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and it did not disappoint. It had the expected major exhibits for the Beatles, Stones, and Elvis. It also featured Some Pink.....  more
    My entire reason for visiting Cleveland was the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and it did not disappoint. It had the expected major exhibits for the Beatles, Stones, and Elvis. It also featured Some Pink.....  more »
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  • A must visit if you're in Cleveland! You'll be treated to some really awesome beats as you walk around and see the exhibits. Lots of memorabilia from R&R greats, with the exhibitions on The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Elvis drawing large crowds as expected. They also have exhibitions on the cities that have contributed significantly to R&R music, including Cleveland. Don't miss the Hall of Fame area that honors all the inductees. They show a short film with some of the most memorable moments during the ceremonies, ending with a nice tribute to Prince. They do recommend masks, but I'd say 90% of visitors were without face coverings. It was really uncomfortable in the most crowded areas. They also recommend buying timed-entry tickets online. Allot at least 2.5 hours and try to arrive early so you can easily find a parking spot. There are other attractions in the area that you can visit while waiting to get in. By the time we left at 1:30 PM, the parking areas have filled up and the car that took our spot was more than happy to see us leaving. Parking is not included in the admission fee.
  • PRO TIPS: by far one of the most impressive collections of music memorabilia ever assembled. HOWEVER the museum layout for FIRST TIME VISITORS can be quite confusing. You actually enter the Hall of Fame on Level 1. Then travel paths want you to start your tour downstairs on Level 0 (which is the BASEMENT featuring the larger collection of exhibits). THEN you'll see travel paths which force you to head up to Levels 3, 4, 5, & 6, then finally down to end on level 2 with a final exit through the gift shop on Level 1 at the end of your tour. Confused? HOWEVER MY RECOMMENDED TRAVEL PATH IS (especially with large crowds OR weekend visits): Try starting out on Level 2 (take the elevator) & work your way up the pyramid to avoid the crowds. BUT always end your tour on the impressive Level 0 which is in the basement featuring the most exhibits. SAVE LEVEL ZERO FOR LAST!!!! There is actually an online exhibit guide to help plan your tour prior to arrival. Plan for 2-3 hours if you like rock music. Also lower your expectations as you will not see many artists memorabilia since exhibits rotate in/out. ALSO many artists are not in the Hall of Fame (as of this review) including Phish, B52's, Kate Bush, Weird Al, etc.
  • If you live in the city, it’s free. Otherwise, it’s $35..but here’s a tip: If you buy a membership for 2, you’ll pay $75. That $5 more than two tickets, plus you get a tee shirt and 10% discount in the gift shop. And it’s good for a year…take anybody you want! Always fun, I’ve seen some great exhibits and changes over the years. The Beatles exhibit was “fab!” It’s a great way to spend an afternoon and through August’22, concerts on the patio certain nights. Have fun and rock on!
  • We spent five hours at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and loved it! We spent 90 minutes on level 0- the main exhibit that had a ton of information. The Garage was a family favorite as my husband and son(12 years old) were able to play piano, guitars and drums. We were there on a Tuesday, so it wasn't too busy, which was great for the Garage. We enjoyed the wall of inductees and videos that went along with them. The Cafe is convenient, but pricey. The food was decent. We parked in the harbor lot for $10.00 and that was easy. Definitely a destination for those who love and appreciate music!
  • Frankly, my expectations were not met. The building design itself lacks a cohesive flow for a museum and it was a little confusing. And since this is the only museum I've ever visited that did not offer a visitor's guide or a map or layout, that didn't help. There are some cool exhibits, and the earliest days of rock and it's roots are well documented. But the past 50 years, which have come to define the genre of rock probably pouring out of your speakers are WOEFULLY represented. And like too many of the inductees, it's not who's in, but who isn't. There's barely a whisper of Led Zeppelin or The Who. If you're looking for Rush, Kiss, Queen or any other bands that defined the 70's or 80's, you'll only find what you came for in the gift shop. This only proves they know what you came to see and spend your money on, but don't care enough to provide it. You will find memorabilia from current pop stars, but metal is a red headed stepchild here. The Garage is a pretty cool concept, that's a must do if you go. Eddie's guitars and equipment were great, but how about a picture? If you are in the area, it's worth a few hours, but I expected more for $35 a person plus the cost of parking and it definitely wasn't worth the three hour drive from my house. This is not worthy of being a destination museum like in Canton or Cooperstown. There's plenty of room for improvement in almost every aspect.

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