Museums are veritable treasure troves — literally and figuratively. From history to culture and so much more in between, museums offer a glimpse into the life and times of people from across different periods in time. Visiting one is much like a celebration and exploration of human and nature feats that are awe-inspiring to say the least. And like any typical museum, the ones dedicated to music provide plenty of attractions worth seeing. Here are some of the must-see museums for music lovers.
ABBA The Museum (Stockholm, Sweden)
This museum is home to the ABBAWORLD exhibit that toured select countries between 2009 and 2011. Its collections include costumes used in various performances that were donated by the popular band’s members themselves. There are also several gold records and memorabilia that would delight ABBA fans and the curious alike.
Graceland (Memphis, USA)
A music tour in Memphis is not complete without visiting Elvis Presley’s home. A tour of Graceland provides visitors a glimpse into the life of the famous star. Attractions include awards, costumes, and a wide array of other music and non-music related collections.
Museum of Pop Culture (Seattle, USA)
Formerly known as the EMP museum, the Museum of Pop Culture is dedicated to music and science fiction. Its collections include popular culture artifacts and memorabilia like music performers’ costumes and props used in movies like The Lord of the Rings among others. The museum also features various exhibitions on Nirvana and so much more.
Museum of the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn, Germany)
The birthplace of famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven is a must-see for classical music lovers. The museum houses a collection of artifacts that include books, instruments, manuscripts, portraits, sheet music, and more.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, Ohio)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame houses extensive collections and exhibits of musicians, producers, songwriters, and more. Inductees include ABBA, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Clive Davis, David Bowie, The Eagles, Elvis Presley, and Freddie King among many others.
The Beatles Story (Liverpool, UK)
The Beatles Story is located in the hometown of the famous band. It houses a wide collection of artifacts and memorabilia including photographs of the Fab Four as well as other personal items like George Harrison’s first guitar.
The Johnny Cash Museum (Nashville, USA)
The Johnny Cash Museum is a popular music-themed attraction in Nashville. Its collection boasts of various items that provide a glimpse into the life of the country music legend. Its Man in Black collection of memorabilia is purportedly the most extensive collection in the world.