National Museum of African American Music opens Jan. 18, 2021

National Museum of African American Music.

The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will officially open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18. On that day, the museum will host a socially distant ribbon-cutting ceremony with museum board members, staff, elected officials and community leaders at the entrance to the museum located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville.

Museum members will have the opportunity to tour the museum during Members Preview Weekend on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Sunday, Jan. 24. The museum will open to the public the following weekend on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. Tours will initially follow a weekend schedule and will be held on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm.

Those wishing to visit the museum should visit the website at <> to stay updated on when tickets will become available.

“NMAAM is complete!” said NMAAM President/CEO H. Beecher Hicks III. “We have been preparing for this day for more than 20 years, but this museum has actually been more than 400 years in the making. We look forward to welcoming music lovers from around the world to this magnificent cultural experience. We also want to thank the thousands of people who have supported us along the way, as we prepare to celebrate the history of African American music, which truly is the soundtrack of our nation.”

In honor of MLK Day, the museum is partnering with Nashville-based Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship to celebrate the museum’s opening as part of IMF’s MLK, Jr. Day program.

Given the escalating threat of COVID-19 in recent days, the museum will be allowing a limited number of visitors inside the facility, and those visits will be scheduled only on weekends for the foreseeable future. Masks or face coverings will be required for entrance, and guests will be asked to remain socially distant.

Once safety precautions can be relaxed, tickets to the museum will be made available for purchase on the museum’s website for designated time slots that allow for new tours to start every 30 minutes. The pricing is $24.95 for adult general admission, $18.75 for students and teachers with ID and senior citizens, $13.50 for museum guests ages 7–17, and free for visitors six years old and under. Three-day individual passes can be purchased for $37.50 for anyone of any age.

Anchoring the new downtown mixed-use development Fifth + Broadway, the 56,000-square-foot museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles that were created, influenced or inspired by African Americans, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop.

With more than 1,500 artifacts, objects, memorabilia and clothing, along with state-of-the-art technology, each of the museum’s seven galleries is designed to share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history.