Visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum is a must during your time in Cleveland.
Not only is it a great way to experience the best that popular music has garnered in the past 70-odd years, but it’s incredibly comprehensive.
I was 19 years old the first time I visited the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Then, just a couple of months later, I visited the Rock Hall again on a rather rowdy trip I took with my school to Cleveland (oh, to be in college again…) Since then, I’ve been to the museum a few times, and it never gets old.
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about visiting the Rock Hall, including my top tips, updated pricing, and more. And while you’re here, check out my Laurel Canyon Playlist — it’s relevant.
How to Visit the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland
Hours & Details About the Rock Hall
📍 Address: 1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
⏰ Hours: Open every day from 10 am-5 pm; 2022 Summer Hours: Thu, Fri, Sat in July & August 10 am-8 pm
🎫 Admission: General Admission: $35.00, Youth (6-12): $25.00, Under 5: Free
🌐 Website: https://www.rockhall.com/
How to Get to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is located at 1100 E 9th Street in Downtown Cleveland Ohio. There are numerous paid parking lots near the museum, and there is even free motorcycle parking nearby.
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Tips for Visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Tip #1 – Purchase Tickets in Advance
Admission tickets for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame rarely, if ever, sell out. However, I have never visited the museum and have not had to wait in line. If time is of the essence, simply buy your tickets ahead of time on the Rock Hall’s website.
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Tip #2 – Visit on a Weekday
The last time I went to the Rock Hall, on a Saturday, the place was jam-packed — like, uncomfortably so. It’s estimated that 500,000 patrons visit the museum yearly and, in my experience, they all go on Saturdays (not really, but you catch my drift).
So, in order to see the exhibits at your own pace and really soak up all the information, I highly recommend visiting on a weekday.
The first few times I visited I did just that and I found it to be a perfect time to go.
Tip #3 – Remember that the Exhibits Rotate
Unless you visit the Rock Hall every single day, rest assured that no one visit will be entirely like your last. The hall of fame has a massive collection of musical artifacts, so much so that there’s no way they’d be able to display them all at once.
It makes a case for visiting every time you’re in the city! As if you needed an excuse…
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Tip #4 – Expect Varied Music History
As mentioned above, every time I’ve visited the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, the exhibits have been a little bit different. That said, I always know generally what to expect on the main floors.
You can expect a lot of music history, including the history of music + protests, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Motown, Woodstock, Laurel Canyon, San Francisco, and how Rock N Roll came to be. In this history, the Rock Hall has accumulated a wealth of artifacts including clothing, handwritten lyrics, instruments, and other random pieces.
Also, if you’re also interested in something a little more contemporary, the Rock Hall also has entire exhibits devoted to the biggest names in today’s music industry.
The exhibits are spread out over 6 levels, with escalators and elevators available between the main sections.
Tip #5 – Take Photos
The beauty of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame is that yes, photography is allowed. I mean, obviously, or I probably would have gotten a lot worse photos for this article trying to sneak them through a hole in my jacket pocket.
Just turn off your flash and you’ll be fine.
Tip #6 – Grab Food on Site
Visiting the hall of fame is definitely a few-hour-long activity. I know, I can basically hear your stomach rumble just reading that. Rest assured that there is plenty of food on-site both at the cafeteria and at the food trucks outside the Rock Hall (if you visit in the summer).
If you opt for the food trucks, I recommend grabbing a Po’ boy. They’re delish!
Tip #7 – Visit the Rock Hall During a Layover
It’s entirely possible to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a layover at Cleveland Hopkins and is one of the best ways to spend any free time in the city. To do this, I recommend just grabbing an Uber or Lyft from the airport.
Keep in mind that you’ll need at least 2.5 – 3 hours at the Rock Hall, plus any additional time to go through security once back at the airport.
👉 Need a hotel? The Double Tree by Hilton is within walking distance of the Rock Hall!
Tip #8 – Check out the Neighborhood
The area where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is based is a great place in which to walk around and take some photos. The museum is right by the water, and so you’ll have lots of boats to look at — not to mention, it’s right by the Cleveland sign. Photo op!
Plus, the architecture of the rock hall itself is super unique and interesting to look at.
Tip #9 – Don’t Miss The Garage
A recent addition to the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, The Garage is where you can go to kick up the jams — for real.
The Garage is made up of five stations where you can go to play real instruments (or learn to play), brand your band, and rock right out. The stations have drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards for your use, and if you’re new, then you can simply follow the video prompts that will guide you to learn a song.
What’s more is, if you want to just jam with your friends, the Jam room consists of a full band setup. They even have audio and video recording and freestyle jam sessions here!
Tip #10 – Quiz Up the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum Employees
If you get a chance, quiz up some of the museum employees on their music history knowledge. Once, when I was standing in front of fragments of the plane that Otis Redding died on, a man came up to me and started telling me all he knew about the artifact. Of course, the man worked at the museum and we ended up spending a good 15 minutes in front of that exhibit, talking all we knew about Otis.
The experience was incredibly informative, so if you get a similar chance, or if someone just comes up to you and starts talking about their music knowledge, don’t walk away. Learn from them!
FAQs About Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Why is the Rock Hall in Cleveland?
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland because of Cleveland’s music history, and because the city put up money for the museum in the 80s. In fact, the term Rock N’ Roll was coined in Cleveland by disc jockey Alan Freed in the 1950s.
How long does it take to go through Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
It takes between 2-3 hours to completely go through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Expect to spend longer if you’re grabbing lunch or seeing a live concert.
Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame worth visiting?
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is worth visiting due to its exceptional collection of music history artifacts, and its attention to detail.
Thanks for reading my guide to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland! Up next, check out my guide to visiting the ‘A Christmas Story House in Cleveland.