One hidden gem you may not already be aware of is the N.C. Music Hall of Fame museum located in Kannapolis, N.C., and if you haven't already heard of it, we're about to fill you in on what you're missing out on. Not only is the museum exciting and educational, but it's also a perfect way to escape the heat this summer when visiting Rowan County.


Exhibits at the N.C. Music Hall of Fame


NC Music Hall of Fame ExhibitPhoto by the N.C. Music Hall of Fame on Facebook


During your visit to the museum, you will be taken on a journey through the past to the present with exhibits highlighting major artists that once resided, or still reside in North Carolina. Their interactive exhibits play a perfect storytelling role to keep you inspired and engaged in learning about artists who've proudly called our state home. From memorabilia to in-depth history, here are a few exhibits you can look forward to during your visit:


Charlie Daniels. Wilmington

Nina Simone, Tryon

Chairmen of the Board, Greensboro & Charlotte

Clyde McPhatter, Durham

Donna Fargo, Mt. Airy

Thelonious Monk Stamp

Victoria Livengood, Thomasville



Inductees at the N.C. Music Hall of Fame


NC Music Hall of Fame InducteesPhoto by the N.C. Music Hall of Fame on Facebook


There are currently over 80 inductees at the North Carolina Museum Hall of Fame who are from and/or have lived in all parts of North Carolina, from Franklin all the way to Wilmington. Amongst the inductees, here are just a few of the most well-known and highly acclaimed artists that we are extremely proud to claim as our in-state neighbors:


Nina Simone

Doc Watson

Alicia Bridges

Del Reeves

Andy Griffith

Ben Folds

Band of Oz

The Avett Brothers

Kellie Pickler

Chris Daughtry

Charles Whitfield

Ben E. King

Randy Travis

Thelonious Monk

John Coltrane



Museum Hours & Information


Hours & Tours: The N.C. Music Hall of Fame is open Monday - Friday, 10 A.M. to noon and 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. The museum is also available for tours after hours and on weekends for private tours and school group tours by appointment only. You can book your appointment by contacting the museum directly at 704-934-2320 or at

Admission: Free, but donations are accepted

Parking: Free, onsite parking

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible



Be sure to also mark your calendar and plan to join them for their 2023 Induction Ceremony on October 19, 2023!



You can find more activities to add to your itinerary this summer by checking out our event calendar.


Cover photo by the N.C. Music Hall of Fame on Facebook