The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will soon open a second location in Tokyo.
The museum’s current location in Cleveland will remain, but the long-standing institution is set to create a permanent presence in Japan, according to a recent statement from the company.
The plans are to first create a short-term, satellite exhibit that will hold artifacts from a variety of hall of famers, before finalizing a permanent location in central Tokyo.
Established in 1983, this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first expansion, and the institution’s choice of destination is a conscious one.
“Rock and roll is a universal language,” Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said in a statement. “Japan is the second-largest music market in the world, making it the perfect place for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s first international expansion.”
To be known simply as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Japan, the museum has an initial budget of $24 million, and will still be controlled by the same group that handles the Cleveland location, which will share temporary exhibits and help develop permanent ones.