Exhibits at the Hall of Fame
When you enter the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, a music-controlled color chandelier provides a light show that bounces off the bronze stars scattered about the floor, each star engraved with the name of one of Alabama's outstanding Music Achievers. These permanently imbedded bronze stars create the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Walk of Fame, a glowing display dedicated to the amazing artists from Alabama who have shaped the music industry.
Leaving the lobby, you enter the Hall of Fame Gallery, which features portraits of Inductees painted by Tuskegee artist Ronald McDowell. Memorabilia from many of our Alabama Music Achievers resides in the gallery, including instruments, apparel and on-stage costumes donated by these amazing musicians. As you leave the Gallery, you encounter lifelike plaster casts of Alabama, Sonny James, Lionel Richie and Hank Williams, Jr.
The Popular Music section is the beginning of the main exhibit hall, marked by a 12-foot jukebox playing pop, classical and opera tunes by Alabamians. A wax figure of Nat King Cole greets you from his piano as you begin your journey through Alabama music history. In the Popular Music section, you will find recording equipment used in Sam Phillip's Memphis Music Service and the contract between Phillips and RCA when the Alabamian sold his rights to soon-to-be superstar Elvis Presley. Also on display is apparel and instruments from Tommy Shaw of Styx fame, along with Ransom Wilson's flute, Jim Nabors' Gomer Pyle costume and stage outfits, as well as memorabilia from Emmylou Harris, Donna Godchaux, Bobby Goldsboro, Lionel Richie, The Commodores and others.
The tour continues through a 16-foot guitar into the Country Music section, home to personal memorabilia from Sonny James, Tammy Wynette, Vern Gosdin, Jeanne Pruett, Freddie Hart, Rose Maddox and more. A wax figure of Hank Williams bears his original stage suit. The 1960 Pontiac convertible "Golden Country Car" has more than 500 silver dollars and 12 silver guns mounted in and around the car, topped off with Texas Longhorns mounted on front. But the highlight of the Country Music section is superstar group and Hall of Fame inductees Alabama's Southern Star tour bus, giving you a first-hand experience of life on the road.
As you exit Alabama’s bus, you are serenaded into the Rhythm and Blues section, represented by a classic jazz club facade. In this section of the exhibit hall, you will find Erskine Hawkins' trumpet, Martha Reeves' and Eddie Kendricks' stage outfits, gold records by Wilson Pickett and Percy Sledge, the 1935 official portrait of W.C. Handy and many other artifacts.
When you leave the nightclub, you enter the Muscle Shoals section, which highlights the studios that made Northwest Alabama world-famous. You can watch a video tribute to the history of the Shoals contributions to the music industry. Artifacts on display include the console Rick Hall used to record Arthur Alexander's hit "You Better Move On" and the instruments of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.
Next is Alabama Music Hall of Fame’s full recording studio where you can record your own single or video from our available catalog!
Across from the studio is the Gospel Showcase, which houses outfits, pictures, and awards from Gospel greats Jake Hess, Gold City, The Speer Family and The Sullivan Family.
The newest addition to the museum exhibit showcases the songwriters of Alabama. The nearby Wurlitzer jukebox plays hundreds of chart topping songs by Alabama songwriters. Billy Sherrill, composer of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," anchors one end of the exhibit while Curly Putman, who gave us "Green, Green Grass of Home" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today," anchors the other.
The tour then takes you to our fabulous gift shop, full of souvenirs and gifts to remind you of your time spent with Alabama’s great artists.