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Become a Sponsor

This is the only bluegrass music 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. 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 1, 2013. If we reach our fundraising goal of $12 million (we are currently at $8m), the museum will move into a 2x larger building, with far more exhibit space, a 500 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 268 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 bluegrass roots and branches festival, ROMP takes place annually the last weekend of June, featuring legends and stellar young musicians in concert, new exhibits, a film festival of films this museum has made, educational forums, and unforgettable performances.

Camping, dancing, original arts and crafts, organized children’s activities, on-site art, yoga, delicious healthy foods and nature trails at beautiful Yellow Creek Park–plus a full schedule of instrument, dance, and songwriting workshops–“set the stage” for exciting family fun and educational experiences at ROMP. The only-at-ROMP Pioneers Gatherings bring together first and second generation bluegrass pioneers for two days and nights of great stories, a formal recognition ceremony, a Legends supper, and unforgettable jam sessions, while the younger attendees party, dance and jam long into the night at the infamous After Parties.




Hours of Operation

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

Closed on Mondays

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