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Bluegrass In The Schools

Bluegrass in Schools

Inaugurated in the fall of 2003, this museum’s Bluegrass in the Schools (BITS) program is fostering the growth of an entire new generation of bluegrass musicians. With every banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle put in a young person’s hands, a direct, tangible link is forged between the student and his/her cultural heritage.

Each year, we introduce over 9,500 elementary students to bluegrass music through various programs. In 24 area elementary schools, several middle schools, the H. L. Neblett Center and RiverValley, we provide up to eight days of hands-on instrument instruction per school. In each of these we provide All-School Bluegrass Music Assembly Programs showcasing superb bands in performance or original musicals written and produced by this museum.

At any given time, several hundred residents of all ages take part in our Saturday Lessons Program, which outfits every student with an instrument on free loan and provides modestly priced group lessons given by professional bluegrass instructors at the museum every other Saturday from early October through ROMP, the museum’s annual bluegrass festival at the end of June.

BITS-LincolnThe band formed by participants in this program is called The Kentucky BlueGrass AllStars. This mega-group performs each year at ROMP and other community events.

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by on a Saturday and see all this energy and excitement for yourself. And if you’d like to learn how to play bluegrass music, sign up in September or January for the next fall or spring semester.


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:

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

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207 East Second Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

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