In my blog, I already took you to several Nashville museums, which are dedicated to famous artists of the genre. The Johnny Cash Museum and the Patsy Cline Museum share the same building close to the Broadway, while the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum is closer to the Grand Ole Opry. This museum review brings you back to the heart of Nashville. The Glen Campbell Museum feels to be a bit more hidden compared to Johnny Cash’s and Patsy Cline’s place. I had a look whether this is deserved.
Glen Campbell Museum – Location & Admission
The Glen Campbell is located right at the Southern side of Broadway and 2nd Avenue. The museum is located on top of the Whiskey River honky-tonk. You enter the exhibition via an elevator, which is located on the 2nd Avenue side of the building. There is local transport around. Riverfront station offers bus connections as well as WeGo Star commuter rail rides. In fact, you will likely approach the city by car. I generally recommend to inform about the very different parking fees in Nashville Downtown, including the fares which are only available via parking apps like SpotHero.
The general admission for adults is 19.50 USD pre-tax, which leads to some 22.57 USD post-tax. If you pre-book the tickets, you typically assign a time slot to your visit. However, in averagely populated times, it should be possible to walk in into the museum. At the time of visiting, the Glen Campbell Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Glen Campbell Museum – The Visit
After you pass some original awards like Grammy Awards or golden records, you start at the very beginning of Glen Campbell’s life. The country guitarist, singer and songwriter was born in 1936 in Arkansas and died at the age of 81 in Nashville. The museum has some very nice pictures and items which already illustrate very early steps of the artist. There are also a couple of interactive screens, which allow you to view videos or listen to music and small cinema-alike places.
The full name of the place is in fact Glen Campbell Museum and Rhinestone Stage. Indeed, the blue-illuminated stage is the heart of the museum. Right next to it, there are some of Campbell’s most famous guitars. On the opposite site, you also learn about Glen Campbell’s career as an actor. I had to smile in this section, as the country artist has been the voice of Chanticleer in the Rock-a-Doodle animated musical comedy movie. The museum also features Glen Campbell’s family. He was married four times and fathered six songs and three daughters. The most prominent child of Glen Campbell is likely Ashley Campbell, who I featured on Flyctory.com multiple times.
The last section of the museum illustrates Glen Campbell’s artist and private life. You for example learn about his passion golf, but also about is 2012 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards. You may listen to a wide range of his song and also watch some items about his funeral. The overall visiting time is some 45 minutes, majorly depending on how much time you spend at the screens and listening stations. Apart from one stage dress, all items are originals, by the way.
Glen Campbell Museum – Services
The staff at the museum was really nice, I had a longer chat with the person at the desk. The museum offers a nice set of Glen Campbell and museum souvenirs in its gift shop.
Glen Campbell Museum – My View
I really liked this music museum about Glen Campbell. There are a lot of impressive original items, the museum gives a very good overview on Glen Campbell’s career. Last but not least, the location is ideal for a quick visit and the staff is nice – so there is hardly any reason not to give it a try.
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