The brand new Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville offers an amazing and intimate tribute to the “Man in Black.” Cash was the only artist who charted in every format while he was living! Visitors will learn of his humble early life as the son of a cotton farmer in Dyess County, Ark., to his life in the United States Air Force as a morse code intercept operator and his eventual climb to fame in the music industry. An interesting note: his stint in the Air Force actually forced Cash to have an official first name. He chose John. Beforehand, he was only known as J.R. Cash.
Kids can enjoy interactive stations via iPad technology allowing them to listen to six decades worth of music clips as well as TV and video segments. Family photos, stage attire and a few home furnishings can be seen. A projection video of his reading of “Ragged Old Flag” from March 1974 is extremely moving, and the nearby Cash Theater boasts classic TV and film footage, including his guest appearance on The Simpsons.
Kids unfamiliar with Cash as well as long-time fans will learn a lot no matter their age. The Johnny Cash Museum is located at 119 Third Ave. S., Nashville. It is open daily 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission is $14 adults, $10 ages 6 – 15, free ages 5 and younger. Call 256-1777 or visit johnnycashmuseum.com.