Whether you're an iTunes fanatic, or still listen to all of your old Beatles albums on a record player, music lovers of all ages can enjoy the Grammy Museum. Since opening in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards in 2008, the museum has sought to provide a unique and interactive way for visitors to learn about all types of music. From a months long retrospective on John Lennon's songwriting, to a Q&A session with hip-hop icon turned reality star Flavor Flav, there's pretty much something for everyone (even if you're a fan of country). Before you visit, however, here are a few things you should know.
Where is the Grammy Museum located?
The Grammy Museum is located at L.A. Live in Downtown, Los Angeles. Its official address is 800 W. Olympic Boulevard, 90015.
How do I purchase tickets?
General admission tickets for the Grammy Museum can be purchased through Ticketmaster, or by visiting the museum's box office located at the front entrance. Adult tickets are $12.95, while children between the ages of 6 and 17 get in for $10.95. There are also discounts available for students, seniors, and groups. For more information on tickets, visit the ticket page on the Grammy Museum's website.
How do I get there by public transportation?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take the 101 South for four miles, then get off on Exit 3B. From there you'll want to take the 110 South for about a mile, before taking Exit 22B toward 9th Street. Turn left onto West 8th Place, and make a quick right onto Georgia Street. Take the first left onto West Olympic Boulevard. The Grammy Museum will be on your right.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 5 North for 34 miles. Merge onto the 10 West, which you'll want to take for two and a half miles, and then get off at Exit 13. Make a right on Pico Boulevard, then a left on South Figueroa Street. Drive for about three blocks until you see Olympic Boulevard. Make a left on Olympic and the Grammy Museum will be on your left.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South for about nine and a half miles. From there you'll want to take Exit 22B toward 9th Street. Turn left onto West 8th Place, and make a quick right onto Georgia Street. Take the first left onto West Olympic Boulevard. The Grammy Museum will be on your right.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South for 10 miles, then get off on Exit 3B. From there you'll want to take the 110 South for about a mile. Get off at Exit 22B toward 9th Street. Turn left onto West 8th Place, and make a quick right onto Georgia Street. Take the first left onto West Olympic Boulevard, and the Grammy Museum will be on your right.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 10 West, and then get off at Exit 13. Make a right on Pico Boulevard, then a left on South Figueroa Street. Drive for about three blocks until you see Olympic Boulevard. Make a left on Olympic and the Grammy Museum will be on your left
What's the parking like if I drive?
There are several parking lots located around the Grammy Museum. Depending on how busy it as at L.A. Live, parking can cost anywhere between $10 and $25. The Grammy Museum's staff recommends using the East Garage, which you can enter on Olympic Boulevard, and the West Garage, which you can enter on Georgia Street. You can find a detailed map of these and other parking garages nearby by visiting www.grammymuseum.org/interior.php?section=about&page=parking. Keep in mind that the Grammy Museum does not validate parking.
What are the Grammy Museum's hours of operation?
The Grammy Museum is open Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where can I find information on all the Grammy Museum's upcoming exhibits?
You can learn about all of the fascinating new exhibits being shown at the Grammy Museum, from a celebration of folk singer Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday, to a wide-ranging history of heavy metal music, by visiting www.grammymuseum.org/interior.php?section=exhibits&page=exoverview.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
There's so much to see and do inside the Grammy Museum that you're bound to work up a hunger. So it's a good thing you're close to all the best restaurants downtown has to offer. For pizza you can't go wrong with Bottega Louie on 700 S. Grand. Sushi? Check out Sushi-Gen. It's right down the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, located at 422 East 2nd Street. But if a juicy steak is what you desire, than you can't go wrong with Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, located on 330 South Hope Street. And of course there's all the great restaurants located at L.A. Live, like Trader Vic's, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Fleming's Steakhouse, and Lawry's. For a detailed list of all of L.A. Live's restaurants, visit www.lalive.com/eat.
Where can I learn more about the Grammy Museum?
The Grammy Museum has a very user-friendly website that's constantly being updated with information on new and upcoming exhibits. Check it out at www.grammymuseum.org.