I visited the Rock 'n' Roll Museum and Hall of Fame in Cleveland shortly after its opening in 1995 and again, this month, on July 8, 2008. While not much has changed, I was reminded how much I enjoyed encountering this subject matter and the famous objects that the Museum houses. I saw old favorites like Johnny Cash's guitar, John Lennon's piano, Elvis' studded jumpsuit, Madonna's gold bustier, and Janis Joplin's psychedelic-motif Porche. Objects the likes of these, are the essence of any institution that bears the distinction: Hall of Fame
I was also very impressed by the audio-visual presentations that punctuate the mostly static displays. Featuring milestone moments like the birth of rock 'n' roll, the British Invasion and the popularity of the music videos of the 1980s, these interpretive pieces bring the collections to life and have, like the music itself, stood the test of time.
Break On Through – The Lasting Legacy of The Doors was the temporary exhibition offered in the penthouse gallery of the Museum. Objects like Jim Morrison's little, blue, cubscout uniform and hand-written lyric manuscripts from each of the band's four albums, served well to humanize the iconic and mysterious cult figure.