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International Bluegrass Music Museum

117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
+1 270-926-7891
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Educational, fun and entertaining

Enjoyed learning about the orgins of Bluegrass. was a self guided tour with many interactive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
glenda w
Waynesburg, Kentucky
Got to here the local jam session.

The museum is an interesting place with lots of history and memorabilia. However the best part was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Florence, Kentucky
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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.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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117 Daviess Street, Owensboro, KY 42303-4263
+1 270-926-7891
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed learning about the orgins of Bluegrass. was a self guided tour with many interactive displays. A newby as well as the oldest fan can learn , listen and observe history in many exhibits on display. Was told a new larger building will be opening...More

Thank glenda w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is an interesting place with lots of history and memorabilia. However the best part was going in the evening and hearing the musicians jam session. There were probably 5-6 groups just playing their music in different parts of the museum. Not necessarily an...More

1  Thank FlorenceYall3030
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

I love bluegrass, but even if you aren't a fan you need to stop. The history and samples will at least win over your respect, I guarantee it! Plenty of gifts and music cds to buy too.

Thank Ches M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The good news is that the new location is still under construction and will be ready the end of the year. They had some instruments for picking with others which was nice. Some items were not in cases so it was hard to keep 2...More

Thank Penny B
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great place for people of all backgrounds and all musical interest to visit. Its filled with sounds of the greats and a must see for anyone in the area.

Thank Brandon S
Reviewed 8 August 2017

If you love bluegrass music this is a must see! And they are building a new facility. Just the history of Bill Monroe is wonderful.

Thank Daronda B
Reviewed 18 July 2017

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.

Thank mrmage
Reviewed 7 July 2017 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 1 July 2017 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 29 June 2017

...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 1 July 2017

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

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