Everybody’s familiar with rap music, but have you ever heard of trap music?
Trap music is gritty, with raw lyrics that express what it’s like to grow up feeling “trapped” in a society that greatly limits opportunity based upon things such as race and wealth.
The Trap Music Museum at 630 Travis Street NW in Atlanta, GA, is similarly gritty and seeks to accurately recreate the experience of living a bleak, drug and violence-filled existence on the margins.
What to Expect
The museum recreates a corner store through which museum-goers enter a simulated trap house, complete with drug den living room, a kitchen that appears to be used for cooking crack, and other weapons, before finally, inevitably, is a reproduction of a jail cell. The purpose is to accurately replicate the culture from which trap music springs rather than to glorify the criminal lifestyle.
Beyond the Museum
Besides the museum itself, there is a bar that is host to Trappy Hour from 4-10 pm every Thursday, when patrons can book half hour private tours of the museum for $20 per person, with a complimentary glass of champagne and 2-for-1 drinks. There is also Escape the Trap, a 30-45 minute escape room experience that for $30 per person includes admission to the museum.
Plan Your Trip
Admission to the Trap Music Museum is $10 per person and parking is available nearby for $10. The museum is open 4 pm to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and 2 pm to 10 pm Sunday. Admission is only available to those under 18 before 8 pm. Escape the Trap is open 7 days a week at various times, with private tours of the museum given Monday-Thursday.
The Trap Music Museum is a unique experience that seeks not just to represent trap music itself, but the culture that is its source.