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International Bluegrass Music Museum

117 Daviess St, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
+1 270-926-7891
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UNIQUE, Cultural & FuN mUsIc for the Family :)

Big thank you to Randy Lanham for my little girl's fiddle lesson!! And the guides and instructors... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
saebale
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Owensboro, Kentucky
Lover of Bluegrass Music!

If you like bluegrass music it is a must see especially if you like Bill Monroe. They building a... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
ittybitty120
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Louisville, Kentucky
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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 St, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Big thank you to Randy Lanham for my little girl's fiddle lesson!! And the guides and instructors there are so knowledgeable and interesting!

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

If you like bluegrass music it is a must see especially if you like Bill Monroe. They building a bigger one set to open next year.

Thank ittybitty120
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bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Thank you for visiting! Come back and see us when the new building opens next year.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Enjoyed learning about the orgins of Bluegrass. was a self guided tour with many interactive displays. A newby as well as the oldest fan can learn , listen and observe history in many exhibits on display. Was told a new larger building will be opening...More

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bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Hi Glenda, Thank you so much for visiting us! We are grateful for the kind words and look forward to seeing you again when the new facility opens next year. Have a great day!

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

The museum is an interesting place with lots of history and memorabilia. However the best part was going in the evening and hearing the musicians jam session. There were probably 5-6 groups just playing their music in different parts of the museum. Not necessarily an...More

1  Thank FlorenceYall3030
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

I love bluegrass, but even if you aren't a fan you need to stop. The history and samples will at least win over your respect, I guarantee it! Plenty of gifts and music cds to buy too.

Thank Ches M
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

The good news is that the new location is still under construction and will be ready the end of the year. They had some instruments for picking with others which was nice. Some items were not in cases so it was hard to keep 2...More

1  Thank Penny B
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great place for people of all backgrounds and all musical interest to visit. Its filled with sounds of the greats and a must see for anyone in the area.

Thank Brandon S
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

If you love bluegrass music this is a must see! And they are building a new facility. Just the history of Bill Monroe is wonderful.

Thank Daronda B
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

My favorite get away weekend every year. Great music, rides, activities and food. Well worth the 200 mile drive. Always bring home 10 gallons of burgoo, stores great in deep freezer.

Thank mrmage
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Loved the live music, video on the history of Bluegrass and the hall of Fame! Lots of special people remembered here. Great to remember Maybelle Carter and others. Beautiful facility! They are building a bigger ensue so it will be fun to come to a...More

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