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International Bluegrass Music Museum

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Address: 117 Daviess St, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
Phone Number: +1 270-926-7891
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The International Bluegrass Music Museum is the world's only facility...

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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The museum is downtown but we did not have trouble finding a parking spot. We were greeted by a very nice young man who told us about the video and to go upstairs for more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cheri W
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is downtown but we did not have trouble finding a parking spot. We were greeted by a very nice young man who told us about the video and to go upstairs for more exhibits. There is an elevator to the second floor. The video is about the beginning and history of bluegrass. The old footage pulls you in... More 

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Thank Cheri W
bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this review

Hi Cheri, Thanks so much for visiting!! Come back and see us when we move to the new building in 2018. :) More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is a treasure trove of information and artifacts from the history of bluegrass music. We enjoyed the documentary so much that we bought our own copy. It's a great value at only $5 for admission. Be sure to also visit Bill Monroe's homeplace in Rosine Ky. if you get the chance. It's not easy to find, but really... More 

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bluegrassmuseum, Public Relations Manager at International Bluegrass Music Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to see you again when our new facility is complete in 2018. :) More 

Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum presents Bluegrass music in a fun way. Lots of places to listen to the great songs. It is great because you get to listen to entire songs, not just a few lines. Enjoyed the film about the history. It is a hands on museum in most places. They encourage you to touch the musical instruments.

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

We learned a lot about the history of Bluegrass during this impromptu visit as we were passing through Owensboro! The documentary that continuously plays in the small theater is available for sale in the gift shop, which was helpful since we didn't have time to watch it in its entirety plus see the museum before it closed at 5 p.m.... More 

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Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the $5 entry fee. Nicely laid out. Nice mix of information and music. Main focus on inception and early history of bluegrass. Would like to see more of bluegrass artists from 1980's to present. Definitely worth the stop if you are a fan of bluegrass or music in general. The explanation of the birth of bluegrass really underscored... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Learn about the history of Bluegrass from Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs and on. Some days there is a live free performance, which we were lucky enough to hear the day we visited. A great selection of rare and hard to find bluegrass CDs. Check out the unique wood counters. My favorite part of the museum, (besides hearing a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We have been to Bluegrass festivals all over the US and this museum was the frosting on the cake. We loved it...you can listen to music and see all manner of memorabilia. Well worth a visit.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Although the museum didn't seem that big there was a lot of displays to see and to read. They have music at almost all the display's so you can hear the type of music played and how it influenced the molding of the Bluegrass music over the years. You can do the whole thing if in a rush in about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This was the main reason we visited Owensboro. It was such a treat to see the timeline of Bluegrass music and its progression through the mid 20th century to today. Of course there was much information of its roots, the origins of all the instruments, and all cultures involved. Really worth trip, there are a lot of things to do... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

was between meetings in Owensboro, just wish I had more time to see exhibits! Will definitely be back next time in town

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