Destinations and traveling between them have inspired some of history’s greatest lyrics, and it’s hard to separate some cities from the musical genres that launched there. Memphis would not be the same without soul, nor would Detroit without Motown.
These 12 museums scattered around the U.S. honor and explore some of music’s greatest performers and eclectic instruments, as well as the birthplaces of several groundbreaking movements in music.
1. Seattle, Washington: EMP Museum