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The Grammy Museum Overview - The Bottom Line: Should You Go?
The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE

The Grammy Museum at L.A. LIVE

Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles is a project of the Recording Academy, the pre-eminent association of people and institutions responsible for the creation of recorded music, and the organization which presents the annual GRAMMY awards recognizing excellence in recorded music.

The GRAMMY Museum is a great resource for music lovers, despite some serious design flaws. Exhibits take you through the history of music, musical genres and the GRAMMYs, as well as the technologies involved in recording and mixing music. Interactive activities let you play with instruments and mixing technology.

If you are not interested in music, where it comes from, how it evolved and how it goes from concept to your Mp3 player, this probably isn't the best museum for you.

If you're a music lover, or even someone who wants a better appreciation of music, the content of the GRAMMY Museum is awesome, and I would recommend going, because there is some really good stuff to see and hear. The presentation is somewhat dysfunctional, which is very frustrating, because it could easily be so much better.

When I asked staff how long I should allow to visit the museum, I was told 90 minutes, so I arrived 3 hours before closing, just to be on the safe side. I spent so long on the 4th floor that I didn't have a lot of time to spend on the 3rd floor and three hours wasn't enough. If there were seats at the interactive history and technology exhibits, I could easily have stayed all day and still not seen and heard all the content.

There is no printed map, so orient yourself before you go to make sure you have time to see whatever is most important to you.

You enter the GRAMMY Museum on the first floor, but there are no exhibits on this level. An elevator in the lobby takes you to the 4th floor to begin your exploration of the GRAMMY Museum and you work your way down from there. Most of the content it on the 3rd and 4th floors.

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