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International Bluegrass Music Museum

117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
+1 270-926-7891
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Nice collection

It is a small museum. It has a very nice collection of valuable, nostalgic materials. Well worth... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MarineroM
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Miami
Oh well

I guess but for the admission price I was disappointed. Sketchy at best, they start you off with a... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Penny F
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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The International Bluegrass Music Museum is the world's only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the international history of bluegrass music. Plan a trip to Western Kentucky. Bring your instruments! Attend our jam sessions, concerts, and the ROMP Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival. Then walk the hills of Jerusalem Ridge, and visit the homeplace of Bill Monroe, just down the road. Exhibits: -Bluegrass Hall of Fame - Pioneers of the music and people who have contributed to its greatness. -Stage-screen presentations of the museum's new digital VOHP documentary series highlighting First Generation musicians. -The Classic Band - The story of how Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise, and Howard Watts changed the world. -Historically significant bluegrass instruments. -The Timeline of Bluegrass Music - Following the roots from the Scots-Irish string bands to camp meetings and gospel quartets, through fiddling conventions, the jazz era, and the folk music revival. -The work of legendary bluegrass photographers such as Les Leverett, Ron Petronko, Stephanie P. Ledgin, Phil Zimmerman, Gene Lowinger, Marta Moret, and Carl Fleishhauer.
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117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a small museum. It has a very nice collection of valuable, nostalgic materials. Well worth the visit.

Thank MarineroM
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I guess but for the admission price I was disappointed. Sketchy at best, they start you off with a movie which was very good. They have 2 floors of items sounds like a lot but it's not could all be in a lobby. Bathroom is...More

Thank Penny F
Reviewed 4 May 2017

You don't have to enjoy bluegrass to visit here and enjoy it. The museum is certainly focused on that style of music, but it tells a tale of americana and about an American style of music. if you love music you should visit here. reminds...More

Thank AlreadyBeenThere
Reviewed 1 May 2017

If you like or love blue grass this is a good place to be. History of the music and the folks who made it. But for the experience go to Rosine, KY on a friday night 7:00 pm-? A lot off fine act play and...More

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bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

We are sorry we did not meet your full expectations. Thank you for visiting

Reviewed 24 April 2017

An interesting museum in downtown Owensboro, focused particularly on the career of Bill Monroe and his musicians. Certain areas of the museum were not properly lit, making it hard to see all the exhibits. In some cases, furniture was stored in front of exhibits. We...More

Thank dennismQ5755SP
bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Hi Dennis, We appreciate you visiting the Museum. Our apologies things were not as organized as we would like them to be during your visit. As we transition to a new facility, we hope you will come back to visit and give us another chance...More

Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Great display of the history of bluegrass music. Many artifacts of Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, as well as other bluegrass legends. Often they run videos of their unique Video Oral History project. Gift shop has many items including music CDs I couldn't find...More

Thank bbqlover2
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We went on a Saturday afternoon around 1:00 pm. The entrance was a little confusing. The entrance was on the side through an unmarked gate then you go through a set of double door to get to the museum. There is a small gift shop...More

Thank phislamajama
Reviewed 17 November 2016

I made a trip to Owensboro last week just to see the museum and it was well worth it. The facility is nice and the displays are interesting and well arranged. I learned a lot about the history of bluegrass music and the pioneers in...More

Thank Patti B
bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thanks for visiting! Come back and see us at our new location in June of 2018!

Reviewed 31 October 2016

Within easy walking distance to downtown Owensboro and right on the river. If you love music but don't know a lot about bluegrass you'll find the humble beginnings of this classic American art form fascinating. Lots of read and snippets of music to listen to....More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a great visit for anyone especially music lovers. We were on a bus tour, but I could have spent more time at this museum. I like most music and I think this made me appreciate Blue Grass Music even more. I would definitely...More

Thank Dawn W
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