NEWARK, NJ - Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nashville has the Country Music Hall of Fame. Now Newark will have its own museum dedicated to iconic recording artists.
The GRAMMY Museum, announced this week, it will open its first outpost on the east coast in an 8,000-square-foot space in the Prudential Center in Newark.
The space, which is slated to open in the fall, will be filled with interactive features, tributes to homegrown music icons, and a robust education center accessible for schools throughout the tri-state area.
“As a New Jersey native who’s grown up with artists like Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen, both of whom put this state on the map, I am thrilled to partner with the Prudential Center to bring the GRAMMY Museum Experience to Newark,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli during a press conference at the Prudential Center.
“This is where my love for music started, and this is also where my career started, so I’m most looking forward to the opportunities this will afford the young people and students of New Jersey,” Santelli said.
The GRAMMY Museum will include a New Jersey GRAMMY® Legends exhibit featuring a spotlight on artists from New Jersey. In addition, the museum will educate visitors on the heritage and history of the musically-rich state of New Jersey, while inspiring the area’s next generation of stars.
The museum will also include "Roland Live," an area that provides visitors with a real-life simulation experience of performing onstage, exhibits that unveil the mysteries behind the recording process and a how-to tutorial that teaches visitors how to rap while providing insight into the mixing/remixing song experience.
The museum will have a section dedicated to the annual GRAMMY Awards®, as told through a timeline highlighting unforgettable moments in GRAMMY history.
“We are excited to welcome the GRAMMY Museum Experience to Newark and the Garden State,” said Josh Harris, co-managing owner of the Prudential Center, New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers. “The GRAMMY Museum captures the passion, spirit and history of the most iconic names in music, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring a platform to the Prudential Center that is fun, educational and inspiring.”