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Back in Black

New Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville opens
on a high note for the legend’s many fans.

Provided by Nashville CVB
Photos Courtesy Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum (JCM), which opened to the public on May 30 in downtown Nashville, is a culmination of a lifelong dream for founder Bill Miller.


Tommy Cash looks at items in the JCM gift shop during a VIP viewing in May.


“I became a Johnny Cash fan of at the age of nine in 1969. I collected everything relating to him I could get my hands on. As time went on, I met Johnny many times and we became close friends. Over the years, he and many of his friends and associates contributed to the collection and I scoured the world for important pieces. This museum is our tribute to the greatest man I’ve ever known.”

Many never-before-seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes, and instruments take the visitor on a three dimensional journey through Cash’s life with innovative interactions via the Nashville-based Griffin Technologies. The museum unites Miller’s extensive collection and pieces from friends, colleagues, and family members, including his daughters, son, and siblings.

The collection features the earliest known Cash letters and documents, as well as the handwritten manuscript to the last song written by the prolific songwriter, just days before his passing. Visitors also will be given an extensive look into Cash’s non-entertainment related life, including his childhood, early adulthood, and his service in the United States Air Force.

“It’s indescribable,” says Tommy Cash, Johnny’s younger brother. “There’s so much to comprehend. I knew all of the memorabilia was somewhere, but to see it all in one building is an awesome experience. I could spend a week in here and probably not see every single thing. It’s something that people that come to Nashville from all over the world will want to see.”

The JCM will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. General admission is $14; discounts for students and members of the military, will be offered.

Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the JCM is near the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Jul/Aug 2013 Issue


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