Johnny Cash Museum coming to Music City | Nashville History
It was announced this week that a museum honoring and remembering Johnny Cash will find home in downtown Nashville later this year.
The museum will be located downtown in a former upholstery store at 119 Third Avenue South and will feature 18,000 square feet of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and a 250-seat auditorium.
The project is estimated to cost around $7 million in total, a bill that will be footed by private investors and donors–some of which are also donating memorabilia for the museum. Aside from donations, memorabilia is coming from the Cash family, a former Cash museum located in Hendersonville and even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is donated Cash’s legendary Gibson guitar.
The announcement for the museum came on the heels of what would be the “Man in Black’s” 80th birthday, on Feb. 26. It is expected to draw 150,000 visitors per year, with admission costing $13 each.
The museum’s downtown location will support its expected success, being within a block of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and a short walk from the Ryman Auditorium. It is expected to open this summer, but no specific date has been announced.