Listen up, music-lovers: three music museums are soon to open in the Americas. First up is the Grammy Museum Mississippi, opening on March 5 at the Delta Music Institute in the small city of Cleveland. Why here? The Mississippi Delta is one of the most musically rich parts of the United States, but it also lacks arts education in public schools, giving this deep-South sister to the original Grammy Museum in L.A. a deeper purpose. Another ode to the Delta comes April 2 with the debut of the National Blues MuseumÂ in St. Louis, using interactive technology to walk visitorsÂ through the history of the Statesâ€™ most foundational genre of music, and a theater to hear it in. And inÂ Rio de Janeiro, itâ€™s worth sticking around after the Olympics to catch Septemberâ€™s reopening of the cityâ€™sÂ Museum of Image and SoundÂ at itsÂ new homeâ€”a Diller Scofidio + Renfro masterpiece on Copacabana Beach with a â€śvertical boulevardâ€ť zigzagging up its front, a rooftop cinema, and galleries dedicated to the sounds of Brazil. â€”Gabrielle Lipton
This article originally appeared in theÂ February/MarchÂ print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śAural Fixation”).