The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, Nashville

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Endorsed by the famous singer-songwriter’s family, The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe is your official guide to his colorful life. You’ll be taken from his early childhood and personal life to the peak of his fame and his death. Learn more about Johnny Cash’s music, his interests, and his family through interactive exhibits, short film clips and personal items. Ranked #1 on Forbes and National Geographic travel lists, the museum is not to be missed whether you’re a fan of Johnny Cash or not. Audio guides loaded with his music are available as you tour the museum. Before you head to Nashville, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Nashville trip site , to make sure you see all that Nashville has to offer, including The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.
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  • I've been to this museum the last two times I've visited Nashville and I'd go again! If you are at the Country Music Hall of Fame or on Broadway, you are so close that you must stop in! It doesn't tak...  more »
  • A very nice exhibit, interactive with music and videos of Cash over the years. Lots of his outfits and memorabilia.Although his home burned down, it even includes a portion of the stone wall from insi...  more »
  • Oh it was so cool to visit here!If you want to dig in to Johnny Cashs life and to know some more visit here. Not so expensive to learn new stuff and see it for real. Must see place!  more »
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  • On our recent visit to Nashville, this was an extra visit we made and I'm glad we went! It was great to learn so much about the man in black! He had such an amazing career! It's not the cheapest place, or the biggest but it's well laid out with so many artifacts, videos, information boards....and SO many albums and awards to look at. I would recommend this as a great way to spend a few hours! And you exit through the gift shop...
  • Love it IF you like or even remotely curious about Johnny Cash. Museums showcases his work and when we were there, his brother Tommy welcomed us. Cafe is nice though food choices could be better. There’s no parking so plan ahead. Go to Patsy Kline’s museum after you visited this since it’s in the same building.
  • It's a great museum but whitewashes Cash's life. Nothing was mentioned about his lifelong addictions and run ins with the law (hence the outlaw persona). That being said, what is there is very well organized. One of the few music museums actually worth the money to see.
  • The ticket queue was extraordinary long, BUT the cashier in our line took 15+ minutes to process one customer. Once in the "museum" the packed line moved 10 feet in 20 minutes. We left, as we were not up to spending 4 to 5 hours in a cattle line. I am sure it is a wonderful museum, but there must be some way to manage capacity. What if there were a fire? My recommendations would be to go when you can see uncrowded conditions. I'm sure I would give it a 4 or 5 star rating, but I gave a 1 to get your attention with a warming.
  • We were tipped to this by a guide we met during a walking tour of Nashville.You do not need to be a Johnny Cash fan to appreciate all this museum has to offer. Through Cash's life story, you get an appreciation for how one musician became an iconic country and western legend. You learn how Cash's rise from an unknown, making it to the top, in some ways reflects the rise in popularity of this genre: especially when it peaked on Network TV, way before cable. There are several audio and video exhibits, as well memorabilia from Cash's days in the Army in Germany, to his size 14 boots. There's a gift shop and cafe on the premises

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Go to the city center to choose from a selection of hotels lining the streets parallel to the Cumberland River, where most options fall into the mid-range or luxury category and offer swimming pools. Just a stone's throw to the north is the Arts District, where you can stay in a similarly luxurious hotel and find yourself in the thick of the city's live music scene. If you're after great food and trendy cafes, look farther north to the regenerated neighborhood of Germantown.
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