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Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum

An absolutely essential stop-off for any music fans, the Johnny Cash Museum pays tribute to ‘The Man In Black', one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.

Opened in April 2013 in Nashville, the museum houses the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artefacts, and is officially authorised by Cash's estate. It has been recognised by various travel-related organisations as a prominent tourist attraction, with Forbes nominating it the #1 Must-See Nashville Destination. It was awarded the AAA GEM rating – the highest attraction recognition! Visitor reviews of the museum are resoundingly positive, even from those that have declared themselves not to be fans of Johnny Cash.

Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville 

The museum’s many exhibits are arranged in chronological order, with well over 1,000 artefacts on display. These are a mixture of personal items, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits. They chronicle Cash's life - from his early years and Air Force career, to his personal life and relationship with June Carter and music career, with memorabilia from his infamous prison concerts. There’s even a stone wall excavated from Johnny and June's Hendersonville Lake House that's been re-purposed into one of the exhibits!

Artefacts on display at the museum include:

  • A selection of Cash’s stage costumes - including the infamous San Quentin prison jumpsuit.
  • Handwritten letters.
  • Handwritten song lyrics, including the lyrics from the last song he wrote just days before his death.
  • His school yearbook page and school reports.
  • Various vintage guitar amps.
  • Cash’s Air Force uniform and other Air Force memorabilia.
  • Gold and platinum records, including Cash’s first gold record ‘I Walk The Line’ which was recovered from a European collector (and which is now certified ‘double platinum’).
  • Numerous musical instruments used by Cash.
  • The Cash family piano.
  • Grammy and CMA awards.
  • Personal belongings, such as: photographs and items from his home, including his personal bible.
  • Birth certificate.

Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville

The final exhibit, positioned by the museum’s exit, plays the music video for "Hurt" - Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song - and his last music video. A fitting end to Cash’s amazing musical career and to this walk through his life.

For more information on this museum, email tennessee@deep-south-usa.com 

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