Since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation formed in 1983, hundreds of artists and bands have been inducted. The first official ceremony was held in 1986, inducting the likes of Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and James Brown. It was nine years later that a physical home for a Hall of Fame Museum was opened on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio.
The museum was opened to both celebrate the legends inducted into the Hall of Fame as well as to educate the fans on the historical importance of the rock and roll genre. The original plan was to open a museum in New York, where the foundation was originally formed, with other possible sites in Philadelphia, Memphis, Chicago or New Orleans. A delegation from the foundation toured all the potential sites and finally settled on Cleveland as the ideal site. A poll taken by USA Today also showed that the popular choice with the general public was also Cleveland.
The museum showcases an extensive collection of memorabilia from the world of rock and roll. Instruments and personal effects associated with the legends of the music genre are on display in various exhibitions celebrating the long and lauded history of rock.