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“Bluegrass” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum
Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Owensboro
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

Learnt a lot here very interesting saw some good history we had a good time introduced my wife to bluegrass

Visited May 2013
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Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“We enjoyed the jam session - very local color.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013 via mobile

The museum was fun and the check-in guy was friendly and helpful. We were the only folks there, so no one played anything that interfered with our music playing. We watched about half the movie then moseyed around playing music by different artists. It is not a big museum but then neither does it cost much. We enjoyed taking a little time to sit at display cafe tables and make selections on the free jukebox.

We were fortunate to be there on the night of their monthly jam session. The museum was opened for people to bring their instruments and sit and play and sing. People came with steel guitar, violins, mandolins, harmonica, bass, guitars, etc. When we left, the group had split into 3 little groups around the museum, each making their own music. Very fun to experience.

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, IL
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Don't underestimate this little museum.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

We found this museum and its topic so captivating we plan to come back for the one of the music festivals next summer. While the movie was a bit long, it was really interesting . And we could have spent a lot more time listening to the audio clips and reading the fascinating stories so thoughtfully assembled about the evolution of Blue Grass music. (They could use some more venue specific postcards in the gift shop, though.) A worthwhile stop.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not open”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

We stopped on Sunday the 7th of July and waited for the place to open. Sign said it opened at 1 on Sundays so we arrived at that time. No one showed up except some others who wanted to see the museum. We waited about 30 minutes and then called the number and the message box was full. Waited another 15 minutes and walked across the street to the Science museum and they said the place had been robbed about a week before and anyway they were in the process of moving. If that's the case it would be nice if they would put a note on the door!!!!!!

Visited July 2013
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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“We loved this museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We are bluegrass fans. We came to Owensboro to see this museum. We loved all the exhibits and the movie. Take a jacket, the AC was cold!

Visited June 2013
Thank Ekehl
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