22. Universal Hip-Hop Museum

Groundbreaking Hip-Hop Museum

Founded by Rocky Bucano and other icons such as Ice-T, Nas, and LL Cool J, the world’s first-ever Universal Hip-Hop Museum will open in the Bronx in late 2023. Currently, they are still in the process of collecting over 30,000 objects from donations. The museum will include an education center, virtual tour programming, and other resourceful tools to book on their main website. A 300-seated theater will also be constructed at the museum for future performances and events. The museum is a commemoration of the birth of hip-hop that emerged from the Bronx in the 1970s. An 18-year-old Clive Campbell DJ’ed at his sister’s birthday party in the basement of their home, and from there the genre quickly expanded.

Hip-hop revitalized the neighborhoods of the Bronx during a time of unprecedented racial injustice, and through the sounds blasting of turntables and scratching records, it unified everyone. The museum will be part of Bronx Point, a phased development project including affordable housing. To get a glimpse of what’s happening, be sure to check out [R]Evolution of Hip-Hop, the current exhibition happening at 610 Exterior Street inside the Bronx Terminal Market. The hours of the exhibition are from Thursday through Saturday from 12-5:30 p.m.

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