The world’s first hip-hop museum is coming to the South Bronx. The Universal Hip Hop Museum is part of the Bronx Point development, a residential and retail project by L+M development Partners. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $3.5 million-dollar state capitol grant to help fund the project. “The museum is part of the renaissance of the Bronx – the Bronx is coming back” says it’s director, Rocky Bucano.
The mission of the museum is to preserve the history of the culture. The 50,000 sq ft project is expected to open in 2023, the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. There will be exhibits on break dancers, graffiti artists, DJ’s and MC’s, dating back to the 1970’s.
The $80 million dollar project is being funded by corporate sponsors like Microsoft and supported by hip-hop artists including LL Cool J and Nas. Kurtis Blow serves as the museums chairman; Ice-T and Chuck D serve on the board of directors.
Though construction on the permanent museum space is under way, fans can enjoy the exhibit, [R]evolution of Hip Hop, a temporary set up at the Bronx Terminal Market that’s open free to the public.