From gospel to blues to hip hop—and even rock & roll, Black Americans have been the originators of music that has resonated with various people across the globe. The music we create often taps into the zeitgeist and often collectively expresses our joys and pains.

For Black Music Month, we wanted to highlight 6 museums that uplift the grand contributions of African Americans on the musical landscape.

Universal Hip Hop Museum

Bronx, New York

Located in the Bronx, New York, the Universal Hip Hop Museum was built to honor the global impact of hip hop. Through its engaging programming, the museum highlights the past, present and future of the musical culture.

Trap Museum

Atlanta, Georgia

Through dynamic, interactive experiences and art, Atlanta's Trap Museum showcases the rich culture of trap music and its artists on our culture today.

Motown Museum

Detroit, Michigan

Founded by Berry Gordy, Motown Records was the home of some of our most iconic R&B legends. The label gave Black artists their proper shine to prosper, when many didn't. The lasting impression that the iconic record label has had on music continues today. Visit Detroit to check out the label's beginnings in its original home.

Stax Museum

Memphis Tennessee

The profound influence of Stax Records soulful artists is not to be understated. The museum embodies the rich history of the music legends who came through the record label and made it great.

American Jazz Museum

Kansas City, Missouri

Housed in Kansas City's historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz museum is a treasure for lovers of the genre to learn more about the music as well as engage with the center's programming.

Delta Blues Museum

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Delta Blues is one of the earliest forms of blues music. Infused with spirited instruments such as guitar and harmonica, Delta Blues has deep roots in the Mississippi region. The Delta Blues Museum chronicles the origins of the genre and how it has impacted other types of music.