Museums are often seen as a torturous expedition in the eyes of children. A place of dull historical artifacts and strict rules, but as you grow older, you begin to realize the importance of learning from and appreciating the past.

Music museums are no different and hardly as tedious as some may think. Their popularity is encapsulated by an ever-growing list of cities and institutions investing in the history of music. While Molly Meldrum has pushed for the establishment of a rock history institution in Melbourne, a Pop Hall of Fame and Museum is reportedly in the works in the American city of Canonsburg there are dozens of others being built around the globe.

What follows are some of the world’s best music history institutions. Whether that be dedicated to one artist, band, or genre – we’ve got you covered. Who needs Wikipedia when you can see the real thing instead?