The Johnny Cash Museum

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Key Info

119 Third Ave. S

Price & Hours

$19.95 for adults; $15.95 for kids 6-15; free for kids 5 and younger
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Uncover the enigma behind The Man in Black with a visit to The Johnny Cash Museum. The museum, which opened in April 2013, boasts the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia, including films, handwritten notes and letters penned by Cash himself along with more than 25 costumes made famous during the music legend's career. Exhibits spotlight different periods in Cash's life, including his years in the Air Force, his marriage to June Carter and his famous prison concert tour. And because the museum is officially endorsed by the Cash family, you can bet you'll stumble across other personal mementos not available to the public anywhere else, like a stone wall excavated from Johnny and June's Hendersonville Lake House that's been repurposed into one of the exhibits. Johnny Cash fans loved the wealth of information on display at this museum.

Not much of a Cash devotee? Recent visitors said you should still make time to see the museum. Some do warn, however, that it can get crowded. The Johnny Cash Museum welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults costs $19.95; seniors, students and members of the military pay $18.95 and youths 15 and younger can get in for $15.95. Children younger than 6 enjoy free admission. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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While many people come to Nashville to soak up the history of country music at the city's museums, others prefer enjoying the tunes in person. The best way to do that is to stop in to the many bars that line Broadway, downtown Nashville's main thoroughfare. Lower Broadway is nicknamed "Honky Tonk Highway" because of the numerous establishments that host live acts daily. What's more, there's no cover charge, so you can bar hop as you please.

While all the bars host live music acts, each venue has a distinct atmosphere that makes it stand out from other honky-tonks along Broadway. Some of the most popular bars include:

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