Das rock'n'popmuseum Gronau gibt es seit 2004. Es ist in der einstiegen Turbinenhalle des Textilunternehmens Mathieu van Delden untergebracht, © Johannes Höhn

rock’n’pop­mu­seum Gronau

Gronau (West­falen)

Bob Dylan’s har­mon­ica, Louis Arm­strong’s jazz trum­pet, and Mick Jag­ger’s stage out­fit – The rock’n’pop­mu­seum has all the testi­mon­ies of hit al­bums, le­gendary per­form­ances, and songs that changed the world. A beacon of re­mem­brance cul­ture, this Gronau mu­seum is cast­ing its shad­ows far back - to long-past eras, styles, and events. Guests can use the themed is­lands as points of ref­er­ence in the storms of rock and pop while drift­ing through times of re­bel­lion, tech­nic­al in­nov­a­tion, and mu­sic­al re­ori­ent­a­tion.

The sensual experience takes centre stage here. Opened near the Dutch border in 2004, this museum is going all out in listening stations, video recordings, enormous murals, and display cases with relics of music. Anyone looking at Jimi Hendrix’s floral shirt that he wore to his concerts and festivals, reflecting the spirit of the 1960s, the time of the hippie movement, love of nature, social criticism, and breaking with common ideas of life and morality, will almost inevitably hear the sound of his guitar at the same time.

Leading from one concert recording to the next and past a string of tour posters, the path ends at a wall with golden records. Guests can pose in the scenery of the Beatles’ famous Abbey Road cover or immerse themselves in the American punk scene while examining a toilet installation modelled on the urinals of the former New York punk club CBGB. The original was used by the Ramones and other great names from the scene already, but the replica fortunately is strictly visual.

The modern museum set up in the former turbine hall of textile company Mathieu van Delden, illuminates a number of aspects of rock and pop history in temporary exhibitions, covering subjects such as “Hip-Hop in Germany” or “The Popes of Rock” and honouring artists ranging from Ludwig van Beethoven to Udo Lindenberg. The latter is a museum sponsor and personally welcomes guests at the museum entrance on a multimedia monitor, too.

Other highlights of the range include the Turbine music club in the basement, where atmospheric shows for up to 300 visitors are taking place at intervals, and the recording studio of disbanded band CAN, which is open to the visitors. The Kreativschmiede moved from Schloss Nörvenich castle to an old cinema in Weilerswist in 1971, before eventually relocating to Gronau in 2000. Marius Müller-Westernhagen recorded his big hit “Sexy” there, and Joachim Witt his “Goldener Reiter”. A gigantic CS-V mixing console, 24-track machines, a Hammond organ, and several dozen synthesizers continue to bear witness to the concentrated tonal power that used to be unleashed here at times even today.

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Das rock'n'popmuseum Gronau gibt es seit 2004. Es ist in der einstiegen Turbinenhalle des Textilunternehmens Mathieu van Delden untergebracht, © Johannes Höhn
Tour-Plakate zeugen in der Dauerausstellung von Epochen der Musikgeschichte, © Johannes Höhn
Das rock'n'popmuseum präsentiert seine Sammlung in Themeninseln, © Johannes Höhn
Der aus Gronau stammende Musiker Udo Lindenberg ist Pate des Museums, © Johannes Höhn
Eine Toiletteninstallation ist den Urinalen des ehemaligen New Yorker Punk-Clubs CBGB nachempfunden, © Johannes Höhn
Das Tonstudio der früheren Band CAN kann von Gästen besichtigt werden. Hier nahm Westernhagen seinen Hit Sexy auf, © Johannes Höhn
Jimi Hendrix ist eine lebende Legende. Einige Schaukästen sind nur ihm gewidmet, © Johannes Höhn
Das rock'n'popmuseum ehrt verschiedene Stars wie Elvis Presley mit riesigen, thematisch passenden Schauwänden, © Johannes Höhn

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Udo-Lindenberg-Platz 1
48599 Gronau (Westfalen)

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Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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