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About The BME

The British Music Experience is administered as a charitable foundation and managed by an independent board of trustees, chaired by Harvey Goldsmith.

In March 2009 the British Music Experience, a permanent, high-tech, interactive music exhibition opened within the world’s most popular music venue, The O2. The BME takes over the 22,000 square feet on the top floor of The O2 bubble, The O2’s state of the art exhibition space. A combination of cutting edge audio-visual technology and the most coveted music memorabilia of all time has culminated in the creation of one of Britain’s most compelling attractions. In July 2010, The Co-operative partnered with the British Music Experience since both are committed to inspiring and educating young people across the country. It has pledged to give away 15,000 free tickets to the British Music Experience to young people.

The British Music Experience enables visitors to trace musical trends through the decades, learn about music’s influence on art, fashion and politics and allow visitors to download music from the BME archive. For the genuine musical experience members of the public can visit the Gibson Interactive Studio, a fully integrated space within the BME where they can play various Gibson guitars, Slingerland Drums, pianos, mixing desks and have a go on in the Sennheiser Vocal Booth. There is also a full public and educational programme with workshops, lectures, master-classes and concerts.

Hundreds of artists feature in the exhibition from The Beatles to Iron Maiden, from Cilla Black to Elastica, from David Bowie to Motörhead with in depth looks at musical genres from Skiffle to Reggae, from Rock n Roll to Blues, from Punk to Urban.

The British Music Experience uses RFID technology throughout the exhibition. Traditional tickets are replaced by a Smarticket which allows visitors to activate the interactive elements of the exhibition and also to register further interest in specific BME features. Visitors can then visit to access free downloads and discover more about the parts of the exhibition they want to learn more about.

Although predominantly an interactive exhibition there are key pieces of British music memorabilia featured including David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes clown suit and Ziggy Stardust costume, Noel Gallagher’s Union Jack guitar, Roger Daltrey’s Woodstock outfit and a vintage Amy Winehouse dress.

Opening Times
Mon to Sun from 11am to 7.30pm
(Last entry is at 6.30pm)

It is open everyday except 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Dec and 1st Jan.