Cleveland, OH - Day 1 - 10/07/2011

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Outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Today we were ready to Rock!  We headed over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, right on Lake Erie.  I can't even begin to describe all the awesome things housed in here.  The biggest bummer - you can't take pictures of any of the exhibits.  So our pictures are only in open areas like the lobby/entrance and the little food court.

The museum starts out on the bottom floor with a movie called the "Mystery Train," which traces the roots of rock and roll.  From there you move on to a timeline of early musicians, followed by an enormous Elvis Presley display.  There are several of his outfits displayed, as well as movie scripts, contracts, letters written to Elvis, and much more.  There is a Cadillac he bought for a body guard of his, too.  He had his initials painted into the trim of the car.  A giant screen played concert footage nearby.  Fitting for the King of Rock & Roll.

After Elvis, the displays went through different eras of rock music.  There were clothes, notes, playbills, and all sorts of mementos from rock and roll greats.  Hank Williams, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, and the list goes on.  I think the handwritten notes and songs were the neatest things.  You could see the artist's thought process when they were writing songs.  Very cool.  There was also a theater that had a continuous four-hour rotation of rock music by Hall of Fame inductees.

The other floors house different displays.  In one section that winds up to another level, there is a temporary exhibit on the women of rock and roll.  It has dresses, instruments, and other artifacts from the women of rock.  The women on display include Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, the ladies of the Mamas and the Papas, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and many more.  We were not so excited to see THE raw meat dress that Lady GaGa wore in 2010 at the MTV Video Music Awards.  After she wore it, it was taken and preserved, and is now on display. Yuck. :(

Inside the R&R HOF

There is a special exhibit of Hall of Fame inductees.  A movie there shows each year's inductees and concert footage of each.  A winding walkway has autographs of the members.  At the top of that walkway were displays of this years inductees, a few of which include Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, and Darlene Love.  2012 Nominees are out and winners will be announced soon.

You can easily spend more than a day here.  There is so much that is included, from so many different eras.  There is something for everyone.  I don't think we could have listened to every booth, watched every movie, and read each item in one day. This well worth a visit if you are ever in Cleveland!  For more info, click HERE.

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