The National Museum of African American Music is officially slated to open on Martin Luther King Jr. day, Monday, Jan. 18, on Broadway in Downtown Nashville. The museum’s grand opening was originally set for earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19.
The museum’s board members and staff, elected officials and community leaders will participate in a socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony at the museum’s entrance at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway that day.
The National Museum of African American Music museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to all dimensions of the contributions African Americans have made to American music. NMAAM will serve a global landscape by celebrating and honoring the legacy, impact, and influence of African American music on musicians and consumers around the world and countless musical genres.
The 56,000-square-feet museum houses five interactive galleries dedicated to 50 genres of African American tunes, including blues, jazz, hip-hop, and rap, and includes more than 1,400 artifacts showcasing generations of musical history created and inspired by the work of African Americans. It also features seven content galleries, including six permanent galleries and one rotating gallery that chronicle black musical traditions from the 1600s through modern day, incorporating more than 50 genres of music, from spirituals, gospel, and jazz, to hip-hop, blues, R&B, and more.
More information on the exciting new addition to Nashville’s musical landscape can be found at nmaam.org.
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