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 Museum in St. Louis, using interactive technology to walk visitors through the history of the States’ most foundational genre of music, and a theater to hear it in. And in Rio de Janeiro, it’s worth sticking around after the Olympics to catch September’s reopening of the city’s Museum of Image and Sound at its new home—a Diller Scofidio + Renfro masterpiece on Copacabana Beach with a “vertical boulevard” zigzagging up its front, a rooftop cinema, and galleries dedicated to the sounds of Brazil. —Gabrielle Lipton
This article originally appeared in the February/March print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Aural Fixation”).