Despite its small size, the Johnny Cash Museum manages to hold one of the world’s largest collections of Johnny Cash artifacts. Bill Miller, one of Cash’s closest friends, gathered and cataloged the country music superstar’s memorabilia for decades, resulting in this popular Nashville attraction and Cash-fan pilgrimage site.
Visitors to the Johnny Cash Museum can wander through halls lined with memories and artifacts spanning the singer’s life, from his upbringing in Arkansas through his impressive career—including his launch with Sun Records, performance highlights (such as his famous appearance at Folsom Prison), and television cameos. But what makes this museum truly special are the personal effects that only a close friend could collect—childhood report cards, military uniforms, and handwritten love letters to Cash’s wives, including June Carter. The Cash Museum features interactive exhibits, an extensive gift shop, films, and a café serving light fare.
Downtown Nashville tours, including the popular Nashville trolley tours, often include the Johnny Cash Museum as one of their stops, along with other music-related attractions such as the Ryman Auditorium, the Patsy Cline Museum, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This museum is a must-see for Johnny Cash fans and music lovers visiting Nashville.
- There is no dedicated parking lot, but limited street parking is available on the neighboring city blocks.
- The Johnny Cash Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The museum is located in downtown Nashville, within easy walking distance of many other attractions. Nearby is the 4th Ave N & Broadway Ave SB bus station, accessible by bus numbers 15, 18, 27, 33, 34, 38, and 61.
When to Get There
The museum is open from 9am until 6pm daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Johnny Cash’s Music
Known for his deep bass-baritone voice, Cash is one of the best-selling singer/songwriters of all time. Primarily known for country music, he spanned many genres, and actually had inductions into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.