The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Cleveland Foundation Presents Free Day at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Sunday, February 23: 10 a.m. - Sunday, February 23: 5:30 p.m.


The Cleveland Foundation is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014 by giving monthly gifts to the Greater Cleveland community. Enjoy FREE admission to two great attractions: Great Lakes Science Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum on Sunday, Feb. 23! Click here for details.

Spend a weekend exploring two amazing museums for FREE!


  • Saturday, February 22, 2014: everyone gets free admission to Great Lakes Science Center
  • Sunday, February 23, 2014: everyone gets free admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum


What can you do for free on Saturday, February 22 at Great Lakes Science Center?


What can you do for free on Sunday, February 23 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum?

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (Foster Theater)

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1991, 83 minutes)

This film documents the Beatles’ two-week trip to the U.S. in February of 1964, featuring two full Ed Sullivan performances (February 9th in NYC & February 16th in Miami) as well as a concert in Washington D.C. on February 11th. This film is presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, which includes the recent unveiling of John Lennon’s Rickenbacker electric guitar that he purchased to play during the Beatles second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964.

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (Foster Theater)

Rock and Roll Revue (1955, 75 minutes)

This film is presented as part of the Rock Hall’s Black History Month celebration, a film series in conjunction with the exhibit Jammin’, Jazzin’, and Jivin’: Jazz on Film. The exhibit features extraoradinary film posters featuring African-American jazz artists dating back to the 1920s. Rock and Roll Revue was originally produced for 13 television episodes of Harlem Variety Review and features live performances from many musical legends, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Ruth Brown, Nat “King” Cole, Big Joe Turner, and Dinah Washington

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Main Stage)

Live performance from the Rock Hall Education Staff Band

The Rock Hall’s award-winning education department band, the Backbeats, will perform a selection of rock and roll classics. This family-friendly performance will include plenty of interactivity, so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to rock!

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (Main Stage)


BIG SCIENCE SHOW – Don’t miss Great Lakes Science Center’s “best of” Big Science Show! See a Cryoblast dump, witness the daring bed of nails experiment, and see the amazing power of sound as vibrations come alive right before your eyes.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Foster Theater)

Hall of Fame Series with Vini Lopez of the E Street Band

Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Vini “Maddog” Lopez developed a love for music at age 6 when he first heard Elvis Presley. Lopez started playing drums in middle school, eventually joining the band Sonny and the Starfires in 1965. Over the next few years, Lopez joined bands with future E Street bandmates Garry Tallent (The Moment of Truth, 1966) and Danny Federici (The Downtown Tangiers Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues Band). In 1968, Lopez met Bruce Springsteen, and soon after formed a band. The band went through a series of name changes – Child, Steel Mill, the Bruce Springsteen Band – until it eventually became known as the E Street Band. The first lineup of the E Street Band was Garry Tallent on bass, Danny Federici on organ, David Sancious on piano, Vini Lopez on drums, and Clarence Clemons on saxophone. The rest became history. Vini now plays regular shows all over the Jersey Shore with License to Chill, a band formed with Vince Berardi (guitar and vocals and Jon Sebastion Brice (Bass). This band is now working on its second CD of original music. Lopez will be interviewed by Lauren Onkey, Vice President of Education and Public Programs

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Foster Theater)

Charlie is My Darling: Ireland 1965 (2012, 64 minutes)

This film was shot on a quick weekend tour of Ireland just weeks after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit Number One on the charts and became the international anthem for an entire generation. Charlie is my Darling is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Rolling Stones featuring the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band’s long and storied touring career, documenting the early frenzy of their fans and the riots their live performances incited.


If visitors can only attend one of the free days during the Cleveland Foundation’s North Coast weekend, both institutions will be conducting first-ever cross-programming to highlight educational synergy along the North Coast.

On Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 pm, the Rock Hall education team will come to the Science Center to present a program on the "Birth of Hip-Hop Culture," which is aimed at students in grades 5-12. On Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm, the Science Center team will appear at the Rock Hall to showcase highlights from its Big Science Show, including a cryoblast dump and bed of nails experiment.

About Cleveland Foundation Days

This Free Weekend on North Coast Harbor is made possible through the Cleveland Foundation. In honor of its centennial year, the Cleveland Foundation is giving monthly “Cleveland Foundation Day” birthday gifts to the community throughout 2014. Because of the Cleveland Foundation’s important role in creating North Coast Harbor, and attracting its star tenants, Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the foundation wanted to provide two “Cleveland Foundation Days” this month so greater Clevelanders can enjoy each of these two world-class attractions. For more information, visit