Charlie Watts' 1966 program sketch
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

It’s hard to believe, but after thousands of shows in hundreds of cities, Mick, Keith and Co. have never been in the spotlight quite like this.

Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction,” which opens May 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleve­land, is the venue’s first major exhibition devoted to the band. It makes up for lost time with a thorough exploration of the Stones’ life, beginning with the group’s birth in 1962.

Using 2 ½ floors of the museum, the exhibit celebrates the band’s vast contribution to popular music, from its early days playing small London clubs to its release of such sensations as Gimme Shelter, Paint It Black and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

In addition to films and live recordings, “50 Years” will showcase personal items ranging from a flamboyant stage outfit favored by Mick Jagger (the one fashioned entirely from flags) to a sketch by drummer Charlie Watts first published in a concert program in 1966.

Visitors will leave with a comprehensive picture of the group that critics hail as the world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band.

Admission is $13 for children, $17 for seniors and $22 for adults.