We look forward to welcoming you to the National Museum of African American Music. Please refer to our FAQs for assistance with questions you may have about visiting the museum.  

What is NMAAM?

Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, or inspired by African Americans. NMAAM shares the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring music heroes of the past into the present.

What can I expect when I visit NMAAM?

NMAAM's galleries offer an immersive, interactive experience featuring over 50 genres and subgenres of music. Visitors receive RFID bracelets to save playlists and other media from their visit, which they can download later. Guests can move through the museum's exhibits at their own pace and purchase souvenirs in the Amplify gift shop.

What can we expect from NMAAM's program?

NMAAM delivers innovative educational programs and events which provide vibrant experiences and resources for visitors.  For more information check out our events and programs pages.

Why do we need a museum dedicated to African American music?

From production to songwriting to performance to consumption, this country’s musical landscape was formed by a distinct group who created, influenced, and inspired more than 50 genres and subgenres of music. NMAAM’s purpose is to tell the story that has never been told before—one that shares how African Americans play a critical role in shaping our country’s heritage and culture. The museum showcases how today’s artists are connected to the traditions born out of the African American experience through interactive technology, quotes, artifacts, and creative educational programming. 

How can I support NMAAM?

There are several ways to support NMAAM:


For career opportunities with NMAAM, please visit our Career Center.