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Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

91 Lake St.
Arnolds Park  Iowa  51331
United States
(712) 332-6540
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Midwest Living Review

Lori Erickson
Located in Arnolds Park Amusement Park, the one-room Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum preserves the history of rock music in Iowa.

This one-room museum features displays of an eclectic array of instruments, costumes, album covers and memorabilia. Some of the highlighted artists are well known (think Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and Elvis), but many are famous only to their mothers and people who closely follow the Iowa music scene. One end of the room features an old-time radio booth and a display of recording equipment from the Iowa Great Lakes Recording Company, which operated in the small town of Milford from 1965 to 1980. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame inductees—musicians, bands, music stores, ballrooms, radio stations and people who have contributed to Iowa’s music industry—fill one wall. A free Wurlitzer jukebox plays hits from the 1950s and 1960s. As Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be The Day” fills the room, visitors can read about the region’s musical past. Avid fans of the Iowa music scene might find enough to interest them for a half hour. Admission $1.

September 8, 2012

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