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“Should be in DETROIT not Clevelnd.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Ranked #5 of 183 things to do in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is alive with the energy, passion and the spirit of music we celebrate. The 150,000 square-foot museum features seven floors, four theaters for films and ever-changing exhibits - plus, you can even rent the Rock Hall for a private event. Tour at your leisure. You can spend as little as an hour, or up to an entire day exploring all the Rock Hall's exhibits. Right here in Cleveland, Ohio, you will find the only museum devoted to the story of rock and roll! Photos (w/o flash) and video encouraged!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator
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“Should be in DETROIT not Clevelnd.”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Home of Rock in Roll...NOT. There is a landmark stating Cleveland is the home of rock in roll because a dj first coined the term there....? To me that does not fit the bill. On a good note, the museum has a ton of great items, like Van Halen's drum set, ZZ tops car, etc.

Visited November 2012
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“A Cool History”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

The website will tell you that it takes 5-6 hrs to go through the museum, and the fact that it has 6 floors can make that seem possible. But unless you're going to read EVERY sign and article, it will only take you 2-3. The real exhibit is the lower level, and the other 5 floors are much smaller and less interesting. But all said, I would do it again, and we did enjoy our visit. It is really cool to see the evolution of rock.

Visited November 2012
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Huntington, WV
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“Glad we went”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

We were told to give ourselves plenty of time to get through the museum and found that it did take about 3 hours. Lots to see and pretty cool. The special exhibit was The Grateful Dead, which I'm not a huge fan, but I know a lot of people and would love the exhibit.

Visited November 2012
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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“Lots to do!”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

I had a great time here but there is so much to see so make sure you are wearing comfy shoes and have hours to spend here. You definitely get a bang for your buck and there is some really neat things to explore here!

Visited November 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Rock of Ages is good family time”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

One of the advantages of a 2-week fall break from our local schools is that we can take a family vacation in the fall when it can be a pleasant time to travel. This past October took us to Cleveland and the Roc and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

There is a lot of bang for the buck here. My husband and I enjoyed showing our 16 year old son some of our favorites. The museum starts in the basement and winds upward. That first floor could easily consume most of the day. We truly did not allocate enough time to visit although we were at the museum for about 6 hours. There is a lot to see. If you like to read all the exhibit information, you might want to think about spending 2 days.

There are lots of exhibits and several theaters. As you might expect, certain groups and rock stars have special sections. The Beatles' exhibit includes videos centered around particular albums, for instance. The memorabilia includes items directly from the estates of musicians, not just pieces from collectors. There are plenty of opportunities to listen to music. I'm not sure that female musicians get there fair share of attention, but there is a good faith effort.

Young children are best left at home. There will not be enough aimed at their interests to justify a visit. Plus, they will not have the stamina to give the museum its just due.

It was great to sit in the American Bandstand theater and listen to my son rave about American Bandstand, a new discovery for him. It gave us some interesting subjects to discuss. American Bandstand would have an audience among young people today. So, why isn't there a contemporary version of it?

There did not seem to be any restaurants close by for lunch. We ate at the museum restaurant, but it was a major disappointment. For as many people as were in the museum, there was not much offered for lunch or snacks. Maybe I was expecting a Hard Rock Cafe type of eatery, which is why I felt cheated. There were no hamburgers or shakes. There was very little hot food--soup. Most everything else was pre-made and reminiscent of airport food.

Parking was at the science museum next door, which was a little walk away. The sitting on Lake Erie is nice. It was very pretty during out visit. However, it makes me wonder how fun it would be on the grounds in January.

The gift shop was full of cheap, but not inexpensive, junky trinkets. The real draw is great music at reasonable prices, including 45s, LPs, CDs, and collections. It is worth allowing time to visit and look for hard to find music, including imports.

This was worth the trip alone to Cleveland, making this a great weekend adventure. If you love rock and roll, this is a must see monument to its history.

Visited October 2012
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