You don’t have to wait for the Grammy Awards to air on television to experience the Grammys an all that goes with these prestigious music  awards. The Grammy Museum contains a rich collection of historical music artifacts including costumes and instruments from the Grammy Awards, handwritten lyrics, records and audio/video recordings.

The museum allows you to learn about music, and music history through interactive touch screens, videos and recording booths.  The four story museum is located in the LA Live complex in downtown Los Angeles.  Since its opening in 2008 it has presented over 300 public programs.

portrait photographerA tour of the Grammy Museum starts on the fourth floor and works its way down.  On one level visitors are allowed to go inside six different sound recording booths where famous performers and producers teach about producing sound tracks.  You can also record your own singing track!

Bronze discs for each year’s Grammy Awards top winners: Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year are placed in the sidewalks around LA Live.   It’s informally known as the Grammy Walk of Fame.

It’s fitting the Grammys would have their own Walk of Fame.  Originally called a Gramophone Award, they originated with the Hollywood Walk of Fame project in the fifties.  Though recording artists are acknowledged on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, music industry executives quickly realized there were far too many important recording artists for the Walk of Fame to handle.

The Grammy Museum is open Sunday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm.  On Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 p,.  It’s closed on Tuesdays.  Tickets are $15.00 for Adults, less for seniors and students.  The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W Olympic Blvd, but the main entrance is on Figueroa St.

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