The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) in downtown Nashville is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans. The museum features galleries based on various time periods in music history, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in a specific era and become part of the musical experience. The “One Nation Under a Groove” gallery focuses on key musical influences that take place after World War II. This gallery emphasis the impact of radio, Black music executives and growth from R&B through disco, pop and video.
The museum, which opened in January 2021, uses state-of-the-art technology and interactive exhibits that include floor-to-ceiling video projection, interactive digital experiences, gospel singing instruction from featuring Dr. Bobby Jones, a psychedelic disco dance lesson chamber, a rap battle studio, and chip bracelets so visitors can take home their own curated playlists and interactivity from the experience. Educational programs spotlight achievements in and influences of African American music. The robust NMAAM education department teaches the community and visitors with programming and events for all ages.
NMAAM is an exceptional addition to the rich music attractions available in Nashville. It features a 190-seat theater, meeting spaces and is available to host events such as weddings, group breakfasts, lunches and dinners, fundraisers and more.