This weekend (March 5) will see the opening of the new $20 million Grammy Museum in Mississippi.
The state-of-the-art museum tells the story of American popular music from the early 20th century to the present day, and is the first official Grammy Museum outside of California.
The museum’s location is perfectly fitting, given the role that blues and folk musicians from the Mississippi Delta like Robert Johnson and B.B King played in influencing everything from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz and hip hop.
Key exhibits will explore the history of recorded sound, from 19th century wax cylinders to the digital files of today; take a look at how music has played a role in changing cultural thinking over the years; and allow visitors to understand the recording stui experience with a series of interactive displays.
The museum will also tell the story of the Grammy Awards’ 56-year history, celebrating many of the most significant winners and telling their stories through artifacts, awards and even red carpet outfits.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum will also host major exhibitions starting with ‘Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles’.
The show, which runs from March 5 until June 12, tells the story of how the Fab Four led the British Invasion in 1964. Notable artefacts on display will include handwritten lyrics and setlists; the jacket worn by Paul McCartney during The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert; a pair of John Lennon’s iconic round glasses; a guitar owned by George Harrison; rare footage of The Beatles’ 1964 performance at The GRAMMY Awards; and venue contracts from the band’s American tours.
As part of the exhibition, the museum will also co-host Beatles Symposium 2016: From The Cavern to Candlestick on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi on April 1-2.
The Grammy Museum Mississippi opens to the public on Monday March 7.