Mini Hip-Hop Museum debuting this weekend at Baltimore art gallery

While there are plans to build a hip-hop museum in New York years from now, Baltimore’s Milly Vanderwood didn’t feel like waiting to celebrate his favorite culture.

This weekend, he’s opening the doors to the Mini Hip-Hop Museum, a permanent exhibition inside the S.A.N.D. Gallery near downtown. Located on the second floor of 823 E. Baltimore St., the space is covered in original art inspired by hip-hop, vintage magazine covers, concert tickets and other artifacts and ephemera he and his team have collected over the years.

The goal of the museum is “just to give people a chance to physically see art dedicated to hip-hop, and preserve hip-hop culture,” Vanderwood said.

The weekend will feature panel discussions, music production workshops and other events at the museum. (For the full schedule, click here.)

Last August, Vanderwood launched a Gofundme page to raise money for a standalone museum space not connected to the S.A.N.D. Gallery, which he also runs. While that’s still his ambition — it is currently well short of its $10,000 goal — Vanderwood decided to use the S.A.N.D. Gallery in the mean time.

The Mini Hip-Hop Museum aims to celebrate all eras, both mainstream and underground, of the culture and its music, he said. It’s a work in progress — it could use more pieces representing the beginning years of hip-hop in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, he said.

“There’s more research to do,” Vanderwood said. “I want to make sure it’s right.”

The Mini Hip-Hop Museum, located at the S.A.N.D. Gallery, is open on weekends starting at 2 p.m. (closing time is to be determined, and based on what events are happening). During the week, visits are by appointment only. For more information, go to


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