Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame © Derek Jensen
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame © Derek Jensen

Cleveland DJ Alan Freed coined the term 'rock and roll' in the early 1950s. Partly for this reason, Cleveland won the fiercely contested honour of become home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, it is meant to be seen as an echo of the energy of rock and roll. The glass and porcelain pyramid-shaped structure is a celebration of the American institution of rock music in honour of those who have had an influential role on modern music.

There is a permanent collection drawing from the most impressive and iconic rock and roll artefacts, as well as a wide-ranging roster of ongoing and temporary exhibits. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to exploring the past, present, and future of the music.

The Museum augments its own massive collection of thousands of artefacts with items on loan from artists and collectors from around the world. It includes exhibits dedicated to the museum's choice of all-time top artists, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, U2 and the Rolling Stones.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum gets particularly crowded on weekends and advance booking is required, especially during the inductions of new artists.

Address: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland

Website: www.rockhall.com

Telephone: (216) 781 7625

Opening times: Daily 10am-5:30pm, until 9pm on Wednesdays; in summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) open until 9pm Saturdays.

Admission: $26 adults, $16 children aged 9-12. Concessions available.