Following the success of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the 28,000 square-foot Grammy Museum Mississippi opened in March 2016 to much success. It focuses on the importance of musicians from the state in the world stage. The museum is a significant stop for any music fans visiting the Mississippi Delta.
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Visitors first experience a gallery showcasing the different trophies from over the years. The award gets its name from the “gramophone” and is handed out by the Recording Academy. It dates back to 1959. The next space is a theater that has a rotating and constantly-changing selection of Grammy performances from the past fifty years.
Another exhibit features past Grammy award winners and another includes the outlandish red carpet attire worn by the musicians. Interactive spaces let fans test out their dance moves with Ne-Yo, record their own tunes, and test out skills on real musical instruments. The Iconic Instruments display has the real instruments from your favorite artists.
The Mississippi music section is the most impressive, honoring those from nearly every genre. An interactive table draws connections from every major musician to one that has ties to the state like BB King, Elvis Presley, and Robert Johnson. There are even headphones where you can listen to these musicians’ songs.
There are also rotating exhibits, like a past one on the Beatles, and special programming. Give yourself at least an hour to explore, especially if you pause for the interactive areas.
If You Go
The Grammy Museum Mississippi is located at 800 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, Mississippi 38732 on the campus of Delta State University. It’s a 45-minute drive from Clarksdale and two hours from Memphis.
Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and military with ID, $8 for students with ID and ages 6-18, and free for children under 4. Parking is free for visitors. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 1 to 5:30.