The museum documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established in 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. After a long search for the right city, Cleveland was chosen in 1986 as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home. The building designed by Ieoh Ming Pei and structurally engineered by Leslie E. Robertson Associates.
The museum includes exhibits on the roots of rock and roll, exhibits about soul music, the Fifties, hip hop music and other types of music. Also has exhibits that focus on artists, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Supremes, the Who, U2, John Lennon, the Clash, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and others. There are exhibits such as musical instruments, costumes and various vehicles.
It also features exhibits on cities that have had a major impact on rock and roll: Memphis, Detroit, London, Liverpool, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes a stage for various special performances and events throughout the year, several interactive kiosks that feature programs, a gallery with artifact-filled exhibits about the evolution of audio technology and 3-D theater used for special events and programs.