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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.

Bluegrass is the official State Music of Kentucky, and Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky” shares with Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” the honorable distinction of being the official Kentucky State Songs. The infectiously energetic style of dance that grew up around bluegrass and old time music is clogging, the official Kentucky State Dance. This museum, established to preserve the history of the music Mr. Monroe created, is located 30 minutes from the little town of Rosine, Kentucky, and Jerusalem Ridge, the homeplace where he was born and grew to manhood, and where he and members of his family now rest in peace.

About the bluegrass music museumThe International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in the RiverPark Complex at the foot of “the blue bridge” in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. As you draw near, you’ll hear the sounds of bluegrass music emanating from the museum’s radio station, RBI, with audio speakers taking the music to the streets. Only a few hundred feet from the museum’s entrance, the sound of music drifts downstream via the mighty Ohio River, the subject of more than a few memorable bluegrass songs.

In the late 1930s, Bill Monroe took the stage with what became known as his signature high lonesome sound.

He and his band, “The Blue Grass Boys,” forged a mighty confluence of sound… including Appalachian mountain music, rural “old time” string playing, folk ballads, blues, African stomp, and black and white gospel to introduce a new style of music which became known as bluegrass in the 1950s. It took its name from fans referring to Mr. Monroe’s band; Bill,in turn, named his band for his home state of Kentucky, known as “The Bluegrass State.” Once–and still–known as the bluegrass state for the gorgeous horse farms planted in bluegrass that occupy many thousands of acres in the central part of the state, Kentucky is now known as the bluegrass state just as commonly for this, the indigenous music of its people.

While popular since the 1940s, bluegrass enjoyed an immense resurgence with the release of the movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in the year 2000.

 

Hours of Operation

Regular hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10am-5:00pm CST
Sunday
1pm -4pm CST

Closed on Mondays
However, if you are traveling & can only visit the museum on a Monday, give us a call at 270-926-7891. We're in the office and we'll let you in!

Closed
Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.

Admission

Museum members always get in free
Adults / Seniors: $5
Students: $2
Children under age 6: free
Group Rates: Call 270-926-7891
Special pricing & event packages are available for tours or groups.
Call 270-926-7891 to arrange a unique trip, live performance, or guided tour:

Enjoy the Museum!

PHONE:
270-926-7891
888-MY BANJO (toll-free)

Museum Entrance
117 Daviess Street
Owensboro, KY 42303
between the Ohio River & 2nd Street
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Mailing Address
International Bluegrass Music Museum
207 East Second Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

Facility Rentals
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Artifact Donations
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Tours
email Chris Langdon

Gift Shop Manager
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Website
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