Last week I got a sneak-peek of the nations newest museum and it was right here in our city, The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM)! The NMAAM is located in the heart of Nashville, on Broadway, just two blocks from The Frist Art Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s a welcome addition to the vast heritage of art & culture that exist in our town.
The NMAAM will be the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum’s expertly-curated collections will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.www.NMAAM.org
What’s in the museum?
What I love about the museum is it’s interactive exhibits. The building is filled with artifacts, replicas, concert footage, and digital experiences all crafted to give the visitors a new perspective on the importance of Black music in America.
It’s true that so much of today’s popular music is rooted in traditional blues, soul, and hymns sung by enslaved people. It’s only right to have a museum in Music City that’s dedicated to the preservation of that history.
This NMAAM has something for every visitor, young and old. The music enthusiasts will be deep into the historical texts, digital quotes & data, and amazing portraits licensed to the museum. While, the kids won’t be bored. There’s areas to make songs, do karaoke with your fave hip-hop artists, dance with Usher and Missy, while listening to all the music.
Never before seen memories …
Seriously, when you step into the building just get ready to take all the photos. There are SEVEN interactive galleries in the 56,000-square-foot NMAAM space. The building also offers a gift shop, a space for quarterly special exhibits, and space available to rent for occasions such as wedding and engagements.
On top of that are specially curated memorabilia from some of our heroes of black music: Jay Z’s jersey from ‘Hard Knock Life Tour’, a Whitney Houston’s concert look, Mahalia Jackson’s contracts, and so much more!
Plan your trip to the NMAAM
So, plan you trip to the NMAAM today! Due to COVID restrictions all entrances are timed so that each guest is socially distant and able to explore the museum at their leisure. Tickets are sold at www.NMAAM.org. Exhibits are great for ages 10 and Up (little ones may get squirmy). Touring the museum can take up to 2hrs.