But the concert prop used by the rock band Phish is perfectly positioned. After all, this museum is the
Situated next to
Pei is one of the connections the
In the Cities and Sounds section, a Soul exhibition contains a black jumpsuit with the word "Sex" on the front worn by Brown. In the Legends of Rock and Roll section, a special James Brown exhibit is directly across from a
Brown was a member of the
Even after Brown's death in 2006, the museum has continued to collect artifacts about him.
"When he passed away, we got a lot of items from an auction the estate had," she said. "Because he had such a long and successful career, he had a lot of stuff."
Because of the massive collection, the museum keeps some Brown items in storage -- including his "black stamps."
"They were issued by James Brown in the 1970s," Rutledge-Borger said. "They were trading stamps, kind of like S&H green stamps. It was to encourage commerce within the black community. They're really cool.
"Paper is really a fragile thing. We had them out for a quite a while. They're resting now."
Rutledge-Borger said the museum has "a lot" of James Brown artifacts, especially clothing. The hall rotates its artifacts in and out of storage about once a year.
"It's so easy to do with our James Brown collection, because it is so rich," she said.
As big as it is, the James Brown collection is just a small part of the museum.
On the lower level, you can see items ranging from dresses the Supremes once wore to green-and-pink guitars used by ZZ Top to a tuxedo worn by
Among the nine sections on the lower level is an
A Rapper's Delight section shows clothing from Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Outkast.
And that's just the first level.
On the second level, you can read about the architects of rock 'n' roll, including a large exhibit on
The hall of fame's induction classes and inductees are featured on the third floor. You can watch a film with interviews and music. Signatures of the inductees are etched into glass panels.
On the fourth floor, a gigantic blue creature awaits as part of the Pink Floyd: The Wall exhibit. Also on this floor is an interactive inductees jukebox.
On the top two levels,
The Rock and
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