Back in the day, fans would flock to the “House of Cash,” outside Nashville to tour Johnny Cash’s museum, but this mecca to the Man in Black closed for good in the early 2000s (You may remember it being featured in his “Hurt” music video), and the end result was fans had no real place to pay homage to Johnny Cash; no where to celebrate his life… that was until The Johnny Cash Museum opened right in the heart of Nashville.
As founder Shannon Miller told the Tennessean, it just didn’t seem right to not have a museum completely dedicated to one of country music’s biggest legends. Miller remarked, “Elvis has Graceland, but there was really nothing left anymore for us.”
Well, today, the Millers have created just such a place. Located right in the heart of downtown Nashville within walking distance to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge, and all the other Nashville hotspots, the Johnny Cash Museum has become a tourist attraction all its own.
One of only 6 Nashville attractions to earn the AAA “Gem” rating, the Johnny Cash Museum has the biggest and most complete collection of Johnny Cash items in the world.
Visitors get a 3-dimensional walk-through of the legend’s life through interactive exhibits, boatloads of memorabilia, stage costumes, guitars and other instruments, and other items from his family and many big-star friends.
In attendance on the VIP Opening Night, former Vice President and Tennessean Al Gore even had some flattering remarks for the Johnny Cash Museum:
I’ve seen a lot of museums around the world. A world class collection of items that tells the story of Cash’s life. I was blown away by how well it is put together. It’s first class and you will see, you can mark my words, this will become one of the major tourist attractions for Nashville.
Well, looks like he was right… The Johnny Cash Museum is now one of the staples of a music-lover’s trip to Nashville. Open 7 days a week, admission will set you back $16, but it’s well-worth it for anyone who wants to explore the legendary life of Johnny Cash. There's also a pretty sweet gift shop on site for all your Man in Black swag needs... -Roadtrippers
Officially authorized by the Estate of Johnny Cash, the museum features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. State of the art exhibits, a museum gift store and special events make this THE Cash venue to visit. Open now in the heart of downtown Nashville.
“The life of the man in black”
If you're in Nashville there are a handful of places you have to visit and this is one of them. Lots of artifacts and exhibits, gold records, stage clothes, guitars, and even a couple of Grammy's.
We were traveling with a dog, and it was currently raining when we visited, so we couldn't leave him in the car, so we weren't able to go in. The store and museum also wasn't open just yet. It opens at 10 am. Just wanted to review saying that it costs $14 to go through the museum, where as the store front, or the museum shop, is free to enter of course.
This was awesome! Totally worth the stop in Nashville.
Perfect place to pay homage to the Man in Black
Loved it and the picture you can get with the man in black.
Very cool history on Johnny Cash. Videos, pictures and cool artifacts
It's not set up very well for a crowd but still awesome! There are so many things I didn't know about Johnny Cash! Great place!
Loved it! Totally worth the stop if your Cash fan.
I had so much fun here. Totally worth the $30. Lots of fun stuff to walk to after as well. Johnny Cash was an amazing man.
Understand this is a recent opening and a work in progress. Staff were not very courteous, which did not start our experience off well. Place was packed. Hallways are narrow, which made reading the information and looking at the displays uncomfortable. There is a great deal of artifacts. Some are covered in detailed, while others lack much description. Grew up listening to Johnny Cash and still have his music on my IPOD. I would have liked more information about his homes, life with June, and faith. Am hopeful, this museum will continue improvements. I enjoyed it, but wanted so much more!
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