Mayor Karl Dean, the Cash family, and friends and founders Bill and Shannon Miller gathered today at the future home of the Johnny Cash Museum located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway in Nashville. The museum will be located between the famous Broadway strip and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to showcase Johnny Cash’s life and career in a world-class exhibit for all his fans from around the world to enjoy,” says found Bill Miller. “Today we take the first step in making that dream a reality by announcing the birth of the Johnny Cash Museum, a world-class attraction opening in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. This venue will feature the world’s largest, most comprehensive and important collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia anywhere in the world. I am honored that Johnny’s children and family have joined us in enthusiastically supporting our project by sharing their precious artifacts with his fans.”
The Johnny Cash Museum is set to open its doors in summer 2012. Inside the museum will be never before seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes and instruments that will take the visitor on a three dimensional journey through Johnny’s life with innovative interactions via the Nashville based Griffin Technologies. Bill Miller, Johnny Cash’s longtime friend and founder of Johnny’s official website, www.JohnnyCash.Com along with his family, colleagues and friends have shared their collections with the museum. Included in this collection will be the earliest known Johnny Cash letters and documents as well as the handwritten manuscript to the last song ever written by him, just days before his passing. Museum visitors will also be given an extensive look into Cash’s non-entertainment related life including his childhood and early adulthood and his service in the United States Air Force.
The museum will occupy the site at 199 Third Avenue South with Phase One featuringa museum store, permanent exhibits and a multipurpose venue for performances, special exhibits and other events. Phase Two includes absorbing the balance of the ground floor space as it becomes available, as well as the top floor, bringing the ultimate square footage of the museum to 18,000 square feet. Plans include additional exhibit space, an enlarged performance area, an onsite food venue and working archives.
To stay updated on the progress of the Johnny Cash Museum, visit www.JohnnyCash.Com.