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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex
Tue-Thu, 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-9pm; Sun, 11am-7pm; Mon, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at Spring St.; N, R at Prince St.
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- Street Parking
$24.50, $16.50 children 2-12, $19.50 students, $22.50 seniors 65 and over
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex is sort of like the CliffsNotes of the original museum in Cleveland: It highlights the most important movements in rock history, but at a quarter of the size, is forced to be much more selective. Located in Soho, the museum attempts a downtown vibe with exposed-brick walls and bar-stool seats—but the sticky-free surfaces and boutiques outside can make it feel a little contrived. A visit begins with an immersing ten-minute film of legendary performances: Ringo and Paul play on side walls, for instance, while a fan faints on the main screen, making viewers feel as if they're onstage during Beatlemania. Visitors then don headphones that automatically play songs depending on which of the three permanent exhibits they're near. The first gallery, focusing on influential artists and the musicians they've impacted, connects legends like Billie Holiday to contemporaries like Mary J. Blige. A second space exhibits mostly memorabilia: Madonna's Gaultier-designed cone-bra corset, Springsteen's flame-emblazoned first car, and Elvis's jumpsuit and Bible. The final gallery specializes on New York's own rock history, with CBGB's awning, David Byrne's comically wide-shouldered suit, and interactive maps of historic spots like Studio 54.