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Three Nashville Museums Make USA 10Best List


The Johnny Cash Museum, the Patsy Cline Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum captured top spots on USA Today’s highly competitive 10Best Music Museums in North America list.

Patsy Cline Museum
119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Claiming the number one spot, the Patsy Cline Museum showcases the world’s largest collection of artifacts from Patsy Cline’s personal and professional life. Artifacts include awards, handwritten setlists, costumes created by Cline and her mother Hilda Hensley, and recreations of rooms inside Cline’s cherished home. Providing a rare and immersive experience into Cline’s life, the Patsy Cline Museum has been listed among the top attractions in Nashville by various outlets such as Billboard, Forbes, National Geographic and many more. The Patsy Cline Museum will celebrate its third anniversary on Saturday, April 4th featuring a special opportunity to meet and discuss the incredible legacy of Patsy Cline with her daughter Julie Fudge from 11 a to 3 p.

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The Johnny Cash Museum
119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

The Johnny Cash Museum takes the number three spot on the list, features the largest archive of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The fully interactive exhibits chronicle Johnny’s life and provide a unique glimpse into his world, featuring artifacts including handwritten lyrics to “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, artwork and more. Cash family members frequently appear at the museum for meet and greet. The Johnny Cash Museum most recently made national news when founder Bill Miller was presented by Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall with the archive of the “Deputy Sheriff Commission Card” originally presented to Johnny Cash on September 12, 1979. Featuring Johnny’s photo, fingerprint and signature, the deputy sheriff card was issued to Johnny by then Davidson County Sheriff Fate Thomas.

The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum
401 Gay Street
Nashville, TN 37201

The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum takes the fourth spot. This museum honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The MHOF timeline starts with the beginning of recorded music and inductees are nominated by current members of the American Federation of Musicians and by other music industry professionals.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Music Museum are as follows:

Patsy Cline Museum – Nashville
Stax Museum of American Soul Music – Memphis
Johnny Cash Museum – Nashville
Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum – Nashville
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum – Owensboro, Ky.
B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center – Indianola, Miss.
Motown Museum – Detroit
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi – Cleveland, Miss.
Delta Blues Museum – Clarksdale, Miss.
Songbirds Guitar Museum – Chattanooga, Tenn.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

About USA Today’s 10Best 
USA Today’s 10Best “provides users with original, unbiased and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world….At its core is the team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes.” (Source: To view the full list of worldwide attractions, visit the following:

Donna Vissman
Donna Vissman
Music fanatic. Event attendee. Prone to fits of large coffee consumption. Always looking for the perfect pair of jeans.
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