Johnny Cash Museum

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The Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville celebrates the life and legacy of "The Man in Black."

One of Music City’s newest museums is dedicated to our most intriguing musical legend: Johnny Cash, aka “The Man in Black.” To this day, Cash is cool among all ages and genres. In fact, he was the only artist who charted in every musical format while alive, and his hits spread across six decades. The Johnny Cash Museum (JCM) in downtown Nashville pays an intimate tribute to the artist; if there’s anything you don’t already know about him, you’ll find it here — Forbes magazine says it’s the number one must-see of Nashville destinations.

Learn about Cash’s humble early life as the son of a cotton farmer in Arkansas, his life in the U.S. Air Force and his climb to fame in the music industry. An interesting tidbit: his stint in the Air Force was the catalyst behind Cash having an official first name. He chose John, to replace his former “J.R.”

Kids can enjoy interactive stations via iPad technology that allows them to listen to six decades worth of music clips as well as TV and video segments. Family photos, costumes and a few home furnishings are on display as well. The Cash Theater shows classic TV and film footage, including his guest appearance on The Simpsons which originally aired Jan. 5, 1997.

The newest exhibit runs through the end of 2015: The Legends of Sun Records features artifacts spotlighting Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and drummer W.S. Holland.

“Johnny Cash began his musical career at Sun Records,” says JCM Founder Bill Miller. “Sun was the launchpad for several young men whose music would forever impact the world. We are proud to showcase Johnny’s label mates from this historic period in rock and roll history,” he adds.

The Johnny Cash Museum is located at 119 Third Ave. S., Nashville. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., admission is $15 adults, $11 ages 6 – 15, free for ages 5 and younger. Call 256-1777 or visit

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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