The new Grammy Museum opened its doors for the first time this past Saturday, March 5th, in Cleveland, Mississippi on the campus of Delta State University.

A sister to the the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is an exploration of Southern music culture and celebration of present, past, and future Mississippi songwriters and musicians.

According to the website, “The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits.”

Here is a list of their current exhibits:

  • Michael Jackson
  • Grammy Museum Archives
  • Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music
  • Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Supremes
  • George Carlin: A Place For My Stuff
  • Respect! Otis Redding And The Revolution…
  • Ki Ho Alu: Honoring The Hawaiian Slack…
  • Bob Dylan: Photographs By Daniel Kramar

Bob Sanetlli, the executive director of the LA museum, said in an article with the Daily Mississippian,

“The expansion of the Grammy Museum brand and mission to Mississippi is indeed a fulfillment of a dream of the Grammy Museum and the Cleveland music foundation.”

According to the article, this museum, as well as being an international attraction, is also largely pointed towards students and youth.

There are many interactive areas of the museum, as well as mini recording studios where one can write, record and produce their own music.

As a proud proponent for the expansion of tourism and travel in the South, I am enthralled at the positive reaction to this new museum in Cleveland. With a population of 12,334, it will be exciting to see what the Grammy Museum will do to this city’s tourism economy.


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