The National Museum of African American Music
The National Museum of African American Music is set to open its doors in 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Even though it is still under construction, it is the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans.The collections found throughout the museum 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.
Exhibitions at The National Museum of African American Music
Through galleries, exhibitions, and artifacts The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will educate, preserve, and celebrate the rich influence Black people have had on America’s music. The story that will unfold within its walls is the recording of the American story. It is a unique narrative that has never been told before and shares how a distinct group of people used their artistry to connect more than 50 genres and styles of music.
Within the 56,000 square feet, museum visitors will experience the Rivers of Rhythm Pathway where they will be taken from the beginnings of American music with Southern religious and blues traditions to the most impactful hip-hop and Rhythm & Blues. It will showcase how many of today’s most renowned artists, such as Beyonce and Harry Connick, Jr., are connected to the traditions born out of the African American experience, with captivating scenes and quotes from the last century.
NMAAM hosts a variety of youth and adult programs designed to inform and inspire music enthusiasts of all ages to appreciate a variety of music forms. Additionally, we host My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon and participates in the Black Music Honors awards program, both recognizing the contributions of African Americans to America’s culture and the music industry.