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The Grammy Museum Turns 5 (and We All Get the Freebies)

A few admission-waived days are ahead at the downtown music-a-torium.

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    Remember when the Grammy Museum debuted in December 2008? It's celebrating its fifth anniversary with a host of free days and happenings. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

    Musicologists, of both the professional and amateur sorts, can tell you where a hundred different bands and artists were at when they reached their five-year milestone.

    Some bands break up well ahead of that date; some get their first hit single. And a few superstarry acts even nab a Grammy before that half-decade birthday rolls around.

    But what of a music-loving museum on its fifth? Nope, The Grammy Museum didn't split up, nor did it completely change its sound, from alt-folk to trance. It's had a lot of mega hits along the way, like the Whitney Houston exhibit, the current Ringo Starr show, and close-quarter Q&As with a slew of artists like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Jeff Lynne of Electronic Light Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie, and Nancy and Ann Wilson.

    Indeed, one of our city's major centers of sound study marks its fifth this fall, which is a little hard to believe. Didn't it just open? Well, in December 2008, it did.

    Hoo boy. There've been one or two Grammy-nominated songs about how fast time flies, right?

    But here's the real Grammy (Museum) winner: you. Fans of the institution are going to get some nice free days this autumn, like on Halloween Day (you gotta show in costume, though) and Grandparents Day (ditto for being a grandma or grandpa). Wednesday after 5 p.m. are free in September, too.

    A free day for veterans and active military is ahead on Veterans Day, too.

    Yep, music is a creative but demanding art form, and a few bands have bid goodbye by their fifth-year mark. But many a group stays together and keeps on keepin' on for decades and decades. Grammy Museum, you'll go the distance.

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