Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum1 Key Plaza
Cleveland, OH 44114
216-781-7625 | https://www.rockhall.com/
The Home of Rock and Roll
Designed by famed architect I. M. Pei, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located on Cleveland's harbor near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.
Designed by famed architect I. M. Pei, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located on Cleveland's harbor near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. The Hall of Fame was established in 1983 but did not open in Cleveland until 1995. Despite other cities’ claims, Cleveland was chosen as the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for several reasons, not least of which was local radio DJ Alan Freed coining the term “rock and roll.” A significant numbers of early rock and roll concerts took place in Cleveland, including the Moondog Coronation Ball sponsored by the WMMS radio station.
Exhibits include the largest collection of Beatles’ memorabilia (including John Lennon’s grade-school report cards), the legends of rock, and the role of cities and regions in developing the unique sounds. While most of the collection is on permanent display in Cleveland, the museum also hosts traveling exhibits.
Notes for Travelers
Parking will likely require a fee, but there are many options nearby, including the Great Lakes Science Center parking garage which offers $2 discounts to Rock Hall attendees.