By KENDALL GILFILLAN
An interactive, completely immersive museum experience celebrating the Rolling Stones has officially landed in Nashville. Opening to the public March 29 at the Musicians Hall of Fame inside of Municipal Auditorium, “Exhibitionism” tells the story of the band and takes those in attendance along for the ride.
The exhibit, put on by DHL, will call Music City its home for the new few months after having visited London, New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Wardrobe highlights, guitars used to write their biggest hits, and personal diary entries are all on display to give fans an inside look into the band’s 54-year-long-career.
From recreations of the band’s initial (quite dodgy) London flat to Olympic Studio set-ups, “Exhibitionism” paints the entire picture of the Stones– from the band’s own perspective– and leaves nothing out.
Important to note, this is not an attraction reserved for “museum goers.” Intended to be totally immersive, the entire set-up is captivating from start to finish. Highlighting all aspects of their career and the impact they’ve had on fashion, stage design, graphic design, recording innovation, and culture broadly, everyone is bound to have a unique experience and favorite portion of the exhibit.
“The Stones really wrote the book as far as stage design goes. They were part of a vangaurd of musicians who began to appreciate that you could do a lot more with a rock show than just stand on stage and perform” reads one such displayed testimony of Willie Williams on the band’s influence in various arenas in pop-culture.
Admission to Exhibitionism is sold separately from museum entry and are availablehere and at the box office. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.
“This is the last stop on the US exhibit tour and your opportunity to experience The Rolling Stones live studio set up, recreations of where the band lived when they first started out, costumes and outfits from concerts past and many other unique artifacts and experiences,” reads the Rolling Stone’s website.
Several Nashville locals have been an influential part of bringing Exhibitionism to Music City, and we will be highlighting the various events and tributes taking place in the coming weeks in celebration of Exhibitionism’s arrival in Nashville– including an upcoming feature of Nashville’s most prominent Rolling Stones cover band!
It may be true that “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, but in this case you definitely will.
Scroll through our photos from our experience at Exhibitionism to get an inside look at some of the exhibit’s highlights:
Check out the promotional video for Exhibitionism: