Grammy Museum – Los Angeles

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Grammy Museum – Los Angeles
by Veronica Nunez

Michael Jackson exhibit
I went to the Grammy Museum for a special exhibit on August 18, 2018 which will be recapped another day.  I had been to a couple of events at the Grammy Museum in the Clive Davis Theater, but I had never toured the museum’s exhibits.   The Los Angeles location of the Grammy Museum opened in 2008 in the LA Live area of downtown Los Angeles.

In addition to special limited time exhibits, the Grammy Museum hosts a variety of programs in the Clive Davis Theater.  Some of the programs will be live music usually in conjunction with a conversation with the artist(s), documentaries, and longer conversations with an artist or artists.  The programs are a separate ticketed purchase generally costing $20-$25 each, and the programs are usually held after the museum’s regular hours which is why I hadn’t seen the museum’s exhibits when I had attended programs.  Current museum admission is $15 for adults.

Elvis Presley exhibit
The museum has their collections exhibited in a very interactive area with video clips for many of the featured artists such as Elvis, B.B. King, and Gustavo Dudamel. 

Gustavo Dudamel exhibit

There are costumes, letters, and handwritten lyrics on display from a huge variety of artists and genres. 
Time After Time music sheets

Handwritten Lyrics for Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
I was there with my boyfriend who plays drums, and he spent some time playing on the electronic set they had.  I could only hear the tapping on the pads, but he could hear the drum sounds in the provided headphones.  He said the drums didn’t sound right.  There was also a guitar and a soundboard to play around with.  The tips of all of the drumsticks looked like someone’s dog had chewed on them, though.

After experiencing the museum’s exhibits, there is a souvenir shop at the entrance / exit consisting of your standard gift shop items such as t-shirts, mugs, keychains, etc.  There are many restaurants within a 5 minute walk from the Grammy Museum doors to make the downtown Los Angeles parking fees worth it. 
Daft Punk costume
Michael Jackson\’s Red Leather \”Thriller\” jacket
Be sure to check the Grammy Museum’s website for up to date information regarding current and future exhibits and programs as well as operating hours and ticket prices.