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The Official Record of Hip Hop

Anchored in the birthplace of the culture, The Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx celebrates and preserves the history of local and global Hip Hop to inspire, empower, and promote understanding.

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Together we can preserve the past, celebrate the present, and ensure the culture’s future! The Hip Hop Museum is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN #46-5278190).

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Events - Hip Hop Happenings

The Corner - Hip Hop's HQ

What's the 411 - Hip Hop News

Archives & Collections

Programs - Hip Hop Tours

Our Hip Hop historians are available to provide guided tours of the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop for groups of 10 or more. Email us to discuss.

Shop THHM - Buy Hip Hop Swag

Discover - Hip Hop Artifacts

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Hip Hop FAQs

What is THHM?

The Hip Hop Museum (THHM) is the Official Record of Hip Hop.

Located in the Bronx, New York it is the place where Hip Hop will exponentially flourish.


What is the legal status of The Hip Hop Museum?

The Hip Hop Museum is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit charity registered in the state of New York. 


What does THHM stand for?

THHM is an acronym for The Hip Hop Museum.


What is Hip Hop?

Hip Hop is a cultural movement that started in the Bronx, New York.

It consists of five elements that have inspired, entertained and influenced

people all over the world.

What is the Hip Hop community?

The Hip Hop community is made up of people who are fans of and support Hip Hop globally.

Why is Hip Hop considered a culture?

Hip Hop is considered a culture because it has its own music, dance, art, way tof dress and community.

What are 5 elements of Hip Hop?

The five elements of Hip Hop are:

  • DJing: Is the mixing of music and sound to entertain.
  • Emceeing: Emceeing or rapping is a vocal element of Hip Hop. This is used to tell stories, make music and entertain people.
  • Breaking: This is the dance form of Hip Hop. Breaking is also known as Break Dancing which is a name the media has given to Breaking.
  • Graffiti: Graffiti/Writing is the visual art form of Hip Hop. It is used to tell stories and express the feelings of the artists. 
  • Knowledge: Knowledge is the fifth and often forgotten element of Hip Hop. Especially knowledge of self. This is why Education is an important part of Hip Hop and the THHM’s mission. 

What Culture influenced Hip Hop?

Hip Hop has been influenced by many cultures but Caribbean, African and Latin cultures are its primary influences. You can see the influence in various dances, art, songs and fashion. 

How Can We Help THHM?

You can help support Hip Hop and the THHM in three ways:

  • Visit the Exhibit
  • Become a Member
  • Donate to the Museum