NEWARK, NJ -- You may think of The GRAMMYs as an awards ceremony honoring the music industry, but did you also know that there are GRAMMY Museums located around the country, and one is right here in New Jersey?
The GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center, located in Newark, is the first GRAMMY Museum outpost on the East Coast. The 8,200 square-foot space features interactive experiences that recognize all steps in the process of making music—technology, musicianship, production, as well as the artists who've made lasting marks on American culture. Being in New Jersey, the Museum celebrates homegrown talent, from Frankie Valli to Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra to Count Basie. Their current special exhibit features the Garden State’s own Whitney Houston.
Visitors to the Newark GRAMMY Museum can try out Roland electronic musical instruments; take an interactive drum lesson with Max Weinberg; rap along with Wyclef Jean in a vocal booth; learn about the history of the GRAMMYs; and get on the mic to “Hit the Road Jack,” by singing backup for Ray Charles.
The Museum also hosts rotating special exhibits focusing on specific artists. The Taylor Swift Experience began as an exhibit at The GRAMMY Museum’s home base in Los Angeles before coming to New Jersey in April 2018, and featured memorabilia, instruments played by Taylor Swift, and her handwritten song lyrics. The Whitney exhibit, which opened in October 2018 and will run through June of this year, shows off some of her GRAMMY Awards, costumes from past performances, and lets you sing along (um, if you can) with one of Whitney’s biggest hits, “How Will I Know?”
The GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Besides Newark and Los Angeles, there are also GRAMMY Museum locations in Mississippi and Nashville.