Nickelback Are Getting Their Own Museum Exhibition

You'll want to 'Get Rollin'' to the band's native Alberta to see it

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Feb 28, 2023

If you've been living under a rock lately, you may be surprised to learn that it's never been less cool to hate Nickelback. It is no longer the early 2000s, but rather, a time of celebration with the news that the 2023 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees will have their legend explored in a new museum exhibit.

Today, Canada's National Music Centre (NMC) announced the March 9 opening of a temporary exhibit dedicated to all things Nickelback.

Launched in partnership with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the exhibition highlights the band's "upward trajectory and experiences as an internationally celebrated rock band" from their humble beginnings in Hanna, AB, to their post-grunge glow-up in Vancouver, to worldwide renown. 

The exhibition is said to feature instruments used by the band, personal items, behind-the-scenes photos and a "20-foot video wall" that will display concert footage and photos. Notably, this includes outfits and custom instruments from the music video for "She Keeps Me Up" and a champagne bucket which answers to that lyrical question in "Photograph": "What the hell is on Joey's head?"

If there's any space to spare in the NMC's exhibition, here are some suggested must-haves for real heads: a list of Mike Kroeger's desert island reads, "the workbench" from Chad Kroeger's MTV Cribs appearance, the white paper for a tech giant's purported anti-Nickelback agenda, the photograph from the "Photograph" video, a stone from a night of hard rocks in Portugal, preliminary session stems for their metal covers album, the Japan-exclusive compilation CD Three-Sided Coin, a supercut of #NickelbackRiffChallenge entries and the source code for the NICKELBLOCK plugin.

"We're very proud of what we've accomplished over the past few decades and love that our story and songs continue to impact and entertain people globally," Chad Kroeger shared in a statement. "We're humbled and blown away by this induction; and to have an exhibition at the National Music Centre in our home province of Alberta is just further icing on the cake. We hope fans have a chance to enjoy the exhibition in Calgary and we can't wait to see everyone when we head out on tour."

In June, Nickelback kick off a North American tour behind tenth studio album Get Rollin' — performances at which you are encouraged to get rollin', we might add.

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