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Rolling Stones Exhibit

Entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and Rolling Stones Exhibit

The Rolling Stones Exhibit is the hot draw to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. The Special exhibit takes up the top three floors. I recommend that you start there and after you have had your fill of Mick, Keith, Charlie, Bill, and the rest, check out the rest of the museum either starting at the first floor or continuing down.

I recently wrote a post about how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum is like going through time if you grew up in the Rock and Roll Era. I took over 100 photos at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so one post will not suffice. The photos in this post will highlight the Rolling Stones Exhibit and then start from the first floor on up.

Rolling Stones Exhibit

Lips on the wall as you enter the Rolling Stone Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

The exhibit features more Rolling Stone artifacts as well as concert video and biography films.  I am not a huge Rolling Stones fan, so I spent most of my time in the first three floors, but I do recommend checking it out. The Stones are such a force in rock music, it would be like going to Cooperstown and skipping the Babe Ruth exhibit.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Entering the Rolling Stones exhibit

Rolling Stones exhibit

Pretty nice guitar case

Rolling Stones exhibit

Rolling Stones artifacts

Rolling Stones Exhibit

More lips

The first floor of the museum is comprised of early influences. There is a wall of pictures of people like Bill Monroe, Robert Johnson, Billie Holliday, and Hank Williams to name just a few.  What I really enjoyed is they had headsets, and they had several complete songs from these legendary long gone precursors to rock and roll that you could choose from. I sat for 20 minutes here while the masses surged around me listening to Elmore James, Billie Holiday, and the Orioles. Not everyday you can tap into such rare music.

Rock and roll influences

A collage of early rock and roll influences

Rock and roll early influences

Here is me playing a little Robert Johnson – You better come in my kitchen, because its got to be raining outside

Woody Guthrie

The great Woody Guthrie – whose words about inequality and This Land is Your Land still resonate today

Shortly after the early influences exhibit, you walk into the King’s room. A concert Elvis’ glittery days replays in front of a Cadillac he once bought. According to the note on the car, Elvis bought a bunch of Cadillacs including one for a lady window shopping. You have to love a generous king.

Elvis Exhibit

Elvis bellows out in the movie while an old Cadillac he once owned sits in the foreground


More Elvis artifacts

After the Elvis museum, it seemed the museum was one set of artifacts after another in no particular order. You had the Beatles, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Band, Genesis, and the list goes on. Lance from Trips by Lance was underwhelmed by the museum on his trip. He criticized that they did not have something that recognizes all the inductees.

After the early influences and Elvis, I did not think there was much order to the rest of the floors. They did have some special exhibits from each city that was kind of cool, but the rest of the first three floors just seemed to be a random gathering of artifacts. Of course they were cool artifacts from rock greats, so it was not a bad thing, I just agree with Lance that the museum could be better organized.

The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds – I’ve got a heart full of soul


Buffalo Springfield

Guitar and outfit worn by Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield and later Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Jefferson Airplane

Bass and outfit worn by Jack Casady from the Jefferson Airplane

Janis Joplin Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Janis Joplin’s Porshe – What happened to the Mercedes Benz

David Bowie Exhibit

David Bowie Exhibit – There’s a Starman waiting in the sky

Eagles Hotel California

Don Felder’s double-neck – I can just hear the Hotel California jam

Jimi Hendrix exhibit

An outfit from Jimi “let me stand next to your fire” Hendrix

Levon Helm mandolin

Although primarily known as a drummer, the recently departed Levon Helm could play a beautiful mandolin

U2 Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

U2 paraphernalia

Stevie Nicks

Outfit once worn by Stevie Nicks

Admission to the museum is $22.00 and $18.00 for greater Cleveland area residents.  Museum hours:

Open every day from 10 am-5:30 pm. Open Wednesdays until 9 pm. Open Saturdays until 9pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please note that the Museum will close at 5:30 PM on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The Museum will be open from 10 AM – 9 PM on all other Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

My stay in Cleveland was partially sponsored by Positively Cleveland, however, the photos, opinions, and love of music are purely my own.


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