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This is the only bluegrass museum in the world, and it is entrusted with preserving the international history of bluegrass music. To do this, and do it responsibly, we need your help. Please consider becoming a donor of either funds or artifact(s), or both, as both are needed. (Scroll down to see a description of funding choices.)

Any donation $45.00 and above will constitute a one year renewal of your membership, and will go into effect the date your previous membership would have expired. Please scroll down to specify the program you wish to support or, if you wish, to support the museum’s operating expenses.

Why Your Donation is So Important Now

These are challenging times, yet times of great accomplishment at your Bluegrass Museum. We have recently opened five new exhibits and hosted the historic Pioneers of Bluegrass Gathering, attended by bluegrass icons who helped shape and spread bluegrass music worldwide. We are dealing with an economic crisis which has hit everyone in our nation, especially in arts-based non-profits.

Our facility and programs are  supported 33% by gifts from bluegrass-loving individuals. The remainder comes from generous donations from sponsors like yourself.

You make it possible for bluegrass music to be played  in every hallway, on every stage, at every opportunity, with energy and enthusiasm.

You can sponsor with a focus on General Operating Expenses:

General  operating expenses of the museum includes preserving the history, artifacts and collections of bluegrass music such as:

  • objects on display as well as in the vault
  • maintaining permanent exhibits and creating new ones
  • collection archives, catalogues & digital preservation
  • keeping the building in good repair
  • utilities
  • staff

Or you can focus your sponsorship on:


We are greatly encouraged by the response from donors to the new International Bluegrass Music Center, even prior to the campaign opening January 1st. If we reach our fundraising goal of $10 million (we are currently at $5.8m), the museum will move into a 3x larger building, with far more exhibit space, a 1,000 seat concert hall, an outdoor concert area for 2,000, a restaurant, expanded gift shop, an international hall, library, teaching rooms…and more. So much good is going on, and our work is mushrooming. We need your help. We owe it to all the terrific bluegrass musicians, now living and gone on, to preserve their great legacy in the manner and style that is befitting their talent and creativity.


This museum’s flagship project.  We have completed nearly 200 professionally videotaped interviews and concert performances by 1st and early 2nd generation bluegrass musicians all across the nation. We have others yet to do. This project has been aided greatly by the legendary musicians and expert interviewers who have donated their artistic creativity and deep bluegrass knowledge to this important project.


A museum-style bluegrass festival takes place annually the last weekend of June, featuring a Legend’s Concert, new exhibits, educational forums, and performances by stellar musicians. The Pioneers Gathering brings together first and second generation bluegrass pioneers for three days and two nights of great stories, jam sessions, a formal recognition ceremony, a Legends supper, a Legends concert, and unforgettable onstage performances.


BITS provides hands-on guitar, mandolin, fiddle & banjo instruction to 8,500 elementary students in 23 schools (8 days per school per year) and annual bluegrass assembly programs to 18,500 elementary students in 32 schools. SATURDAY LESSONS PROGRAM, providing free instruments on loan and modestly-priced group bluegrass music lessons every other Saturday at the museum for hundreds of area residents of all ages. The participants of this program, dubbed the KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS ALLSTARS, perform at ROMP each year. In ever increasing numbers, they are forming bands and performing region-wide.


The worldwide extension of the museum streams 24/7 from our website, featuring museum-style vintage programming, VOHP and live interviews, concerts, radio shows from off-site producers, new releases & more.


Annual music camps are hosted at the museum with some of the foremost Monroe stylists passing on the performance art of Bill Monroe. Attendance is capped at 50/year. This camp draws talented mandolinists from all around the world.

Hours of Operation

Regular hours:
Tuesday - Saturday
10am-5:00pm CST
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!

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


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!

888-MY BANJO (toll-free)

Museum Entrance
117 Daviess Street
Owensboro, KY 42303
between the Ohio River & 2nd Street

Mailing Address
International Bluegrass Music Museum
207 East Second Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

Facility Rentals
email Carly Smith

Gold Membership Payment Plans
email Gabrielle Gray

Artifact Donations
email Gabrielle Gray

email Chris Langdon

Gift Shop Manager
email Chris Langdon

email Beth Tibbitts