History of The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Museum

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the state’s official music museum, was located in Macon, the city where artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band launched their careers.

The 43,000 square foot facility featured permanent and changing exhibits that include music, video, memorabilia, instruments, performance costumes and more. Over 450 artists are represented in the exhibits.

  • The Music Factory Children’s Wing encouraged children to explore the world of music through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.
  • The Zell Miller Center for Georgia Music Studies housed the museum’s library and archives.
  • Educational programs included guided and specialty tours, workshops and lectures.
  • The museum hosted frequent special events, concerts and exhibit openings.
  • The Music Store offered a wide selection of Georgia music CDs, videos, books, educational items, and apparel.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame operated from 1996 until it closed in 2011. The hall was closed on June 12, 2011, due to lack of attendance.

  • Mercer University purchased the former Hall of Fame building in June 2012. Mercer University is the oldest private university in Georgia with its main campus in Macon.
  • The Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards is still taking place.
  • Nowadays, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection is housed at the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries.
  • The museum is now closed.


The mission of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame was to operate and maintain a music museum for the general public, Georgia music lovers, music scholars, and musical artists that celebrates our state’s musical genius by: preserving Georgia’s musical heritage; providing innovative museum exhibits and educational programs; becoming a public-private partnership for cultural preservation; and promoting a heritage tourism destination with growing economic benefits.

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College Internships / High School Service Projects

The Hall of Fame was always on the lookout for motivated students who were interested in music, museums, education, history and it inspired many organizations.

Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Inductees

The Hall of Fame has files on over 1,100 artists who are Georgia natives or who have lived in Georgia for a significant period. Each year, a select few were chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame. Here is a list of 163 inductees. The list includes names such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, REM.

  • This website is renewed thanks to the support of  the National Digital Library Program

Georgia Music Trial

The state of Georgia has a rich musical heritage that that has produced pioneers and superstars in almost every genre.  Four cities, in particular, have played significant roles in the history of these artists, providing inspiration, opportunity and nurturing music communities: Atlanta, Athens, Macon, and Savannah. Read more.