See Our Progress

With approximately two-thirds of the $40 million project costs committed, NMAAM construction is expected to begin in 2017 and be open to the public in 2019.

Opening in 2019

Across the United States, museums have been erected to honor individual musicians, commemorate record labels and memorialize singular musical genres. However, nowhere exists a museum that celebrates the richness of African American music and its impact on the human experience.

A simple idea to unite the influences of African American’s on American music and Music City has evolved into the National Museum of African American Music.

We’re Getting Started!

At the end of March 2015, Mayor Karl Dean announced development plans for the former Nashville Convention Center site, which will include the future home of NMAAM. We are honored to be part of this mixed-use project, touted as the gateway to Music City. NMAAM will complete the Music City brand and diversify Nashville’s music scene, solidifying and ensuring the attention of tourists for generations to come!

Anticipated timeline as follows:

2Q 2017 Demolition Commences
3Q 2017 Groundbreaking
4Q 2018 Exterior Shell Complete
1Q 2019 Exhibition Installation Commences
2Q 2019 Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening

Serve As an Educational Center

Collaborating with universities, school and educators from across the nation, NMAAM is developing enriching curriculum that supports music and arts education at various levels. NMAAM will enhance the learning experience for students through technologically advanced exhibits, interactive tours and educational materials designed to meet curriculum requirements. It will further encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of African American music has on everyday life and the larger global culture.

The facility will also offer state-of-the-art programs featuring hands-on music creation/production and educational opportunities for all visitor demographics.

Economic Impact

NMAAM’s story is important in many ways. Felt culturally and within the community, one very important aspect of the project is our projected economic impact. As an educational facility, national tourist designation and economic development engine for middle Tennessee, NMAAM will be a vibrant museum where regional youth and artists, along with visiting families will want to return again and again.

A state-of-the-art performance hall will offer films, lectures and concerts featuring local, regional, national and international artists. A library will house a significant repository of digitally mastered African American music, classrooms, a boutique café and museum store will provide additional ways for the community and visitors to enjoy the unique venue.




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The National Museum of African American Music will stand as an international iconic cultural museum dedicated to the vast contributions African Americans have made in music.


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Nashville, TN 37219
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