The ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, located at 1 Key Plaza on the lakefront, opened in Sept. 1995 after 9 years of planning, coordination, and construction. The Rock Hall became a local reality on 5 May 1986 when its parent organization, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation (based in New York City), announced that Cleveland had been chosen as the site for the Hall of Fame. This capped off a year-long lobbying effort by Cleveland city officials, who touted the city's long-chronicled role in the history of
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The Rock Hall's exhibits and collections trace the living heritage of rock music, and its impact on American and global culture. Significant collection items include original lyric sheets, personal mementos of rock stars, costumes, recording industry memorabilia and a wide range of rock paraphernalia. The Rock Hall also features informational kiosks dedicated to individual artists and bands, interactive listening stands, topical short films, and a comprehensive archives and library. The top floor houses the formal "Hall of Fame." Dennis Barrie served as the Rock Hall's director in 1995.