The Trap Music Museum is a one-of-a-kind gallery where you can explore the origins of one of Atlanta’s most unique musical genres by stepping inside a recreated “trap house,” complete with a replica drug dealer living room (the “bando”), crack cooking kitchen, armed walk-in closet, and jail cell. While not intending to celebrate or glorify the violence and drugs associated with trap music culture, the museum acknowledges and explores this harsh reality that gave birth to the musical genre that attempts to transcend it.
The whole experience is a provocative, over-the-top, and a daringly honest look at this aspect of Atlanta culture that has given rise to a gritty, pulsating, and entirely new style of music. Founded by Atlanta rapper and actor T.I., one of trap music’s forefathers, the museum showcases his recreated closet, featuring clothes, assault rifles, and his 2008 Grammy for Best Rap Performance, which helped catapult him and trap music to international acclaim.
Visitors to the museum typically wait outside in a lengthy line before entering through a recreated corner store, which highlights the central role these cheap convenience stores played in poverty-stricken neighborhoods as distribution sites for drug dealers and as the epicenter for trap culture.
Naturally, trap music plays as you explore the museum, which also houses a full bar, an add-on escape room, the pink Chevy from artist 2 Chainz’s infamous “Pink Trap House,” and an opportunity to pose with Jeezy’s cocaine snowman while holding prop bricks of cocaine.
Know Before You Go
The museum is only open on the weekends. Its hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Be prepared to wait outside in line. Visitors can also pay $10 per person to skip and go to the front of the line. Parking is $10 onsite.