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International Bluegrass Music Museum

117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
+1 270-926-7891
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This is a great festival!

My favorite get away weekend every year. Great music, rides, activities and food. Well worth the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
mrmage
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London, Kentucky
Enjoyed the Bluegrass experience!

Loved the live music, video on the history of Bluegrass and the hall of Fame! Lots of special... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ggerskine
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Orlando, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good35%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank ggerskine
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was more than I expected after reading some of the reviews. I guess you can't please everyone. The memorabilia seemed quite unique. I did learn the history and origins of Bluegrass. Although I'm not an avid listener, I did developer a deeper appreciation for...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...go! I am not a huge bluegrass fan, but I was in town to see a bluegrass band, so thought I would finish off my visit with a little history. The entrance fee was a little higher than I planned for, but a decent price....More

Thank Abby G
bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping in! How could we improve to earn a 5 star rating? Thanks

Reviewed June 17, 2017

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

Thank MarineroM
Reviewed May 5, 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 May 4, 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 May 1, 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 May 2, 2017

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

Reviewed April 24, 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

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bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 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 March 23, 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

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