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September 02, 2008

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

After a few hours of being at Cedar Point last Tuesday, JH and I were basically done with the park, and so we decided at a spur of the moment to head back to Cleveland and visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When you pull up to the building, it looks kind of small from the outside, but there is a lot more in there than meets the eye. Perhaps it helps that part of the museum is actually underground. After paying admission we went downstairs to explore the exhibits. There was an exhibit on music and baseball, including songs that players have used as walk-up songs, a brief history of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and pictures and 45's of songs that were recorded about baseball. Moving in further were various exhibits of those who have been inducted into the hall of fame, including costumes, instruments, props, awards, LP's, and 45's of those who were inducted. Depending on where you were, they had some different ways of organizing them. Some of the earliest stuff was by decades or genres, other times it had more to do with the city that a lot of the groups were coming from at the time. No matter what, there was always something you could find worth looking at, whether it was drum sets from The Who to one of Tina Turner's dresses.

As you move up the floors you get into other exhibits as well, the only exception is the 3rd floor, which is the cafeteria, and the 5th floor, which is a Sirius (XM) Satellite Radio studio. There was an exhibit on Pink Floyd's "The Wall" as well, which finally helped make sense of some of the history behind the video.

In one of the multimedia rooms there was a video of clips from the induction ceremonies over the years, including musicians razzing one another and bits of acceptance speeches. At the theater behind it, you can see an hour long movie which showcases everyone who has been inducted into the hall of fame. There were many names I recognized, and a number I did not.

After viewing all of that, we got some pictures before heading over to Steak and Shake for dinner. I have never been to one, and it really wasn't a bad place to go. It's the only place I've seen where they will make a milkshake with two different flavors side by side vertically. I went with chocolate and orange cream, a great combination. I had the spaghetti with chili, which was good, but way too much for me, there was no way I could finish it.

So that concludes my adventures in Ohio. Cedar Point? worth it, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Worth it if you're already in the area. Browns Stadium? Boooooooooo.