The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is spread over seven levels. The Museum is entered on the first floor, which features a stage that is used for various special events and performances and events throughout the year, as well as an exhibit that focuses on contemporary artists.
The Museum’s main gallery is housed in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibition Hall on the lowest level of the building and includes exhibits on the roots of rock and roll ranging from folk, country, and bluegrass to gospel, and rhythm and blues. This gallery also has exhibits on cities that have had a significant impact on rock and roll such as Memphis, Liverpool, and Seattle, as well as individual artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. The Ahmet M. Ertegun Exhibition Hall is also home to two state-of-the-art theaters, one of which presents a film about the roots of rock and roll, and the other which shows a variety of films on different music-based subjects.
The second floor allows visitors to explore several interactive kiosks that showcase ‘the songs that shaped rock and roll’ and various one-hit wonders, as well as exhibits on the evolution of audio technology and artifact-filled displays about Sam Phillips, Les Paul and Alan Freed.
The third floor of the building is home to the Hall of Fame section of the museum and includes exhibits that feature inductees’ artifacts, a wall covered with inductees' signatures, and a theater showing filmed musical highlights from all of the inductees. The fourth level features the state-of-the-art 3-D Foster Theater that is used for special events and programs.
The upper two levels of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum feature temporary exhibits on renowned artists such as John Lennon, Elvis Presley, U2, and Bruce Springsteen.
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