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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. Use our Nashville vacation builder to visit The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe on your trip to Nashville, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Chose to go here as a part of my birthday, and so glad I did! If you are from Tennessee, and live in Nashville, especially as long as I have, you feel you should do your duty and see some of the thing...  more »
  • We like a lot of different music. If you like Johnny Cash this is definitely a worthwhile stop for $19. It's a little crowded. It took us about 90 minutes.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Lots to see and do. We were there on a Sunday and it was pretty busy. We had no problem walking around or finding a seat for one of the videos. We were a family of 3...  more »
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  • Very well organized. Not at all "cheesy" like you might expect. All displays of memorabilia are gorgeous. And there's tons of stuff to look at! Also lots of interactive displays with audio recordings and a viewing room with historical videos running on a loop. Worth the $18.95 entry. Oh, if you're a student there's a small discount.
  • It was nice to see a lot of the memorabilia. The videos were very good almost excellent. You don't need more than an hour to an hour and a half for the whole museum. The Patsy Cline museum is above but I did not go in since it as a separate charge and I was short on time.
  • One of the highlights of our visit to Nashville. Any period of Johnny Cash's life that you're interested in, they have some great information on. It was super-crowded, but I walked away very happy we took the time to stop. A very cool museum and well worth seeing if you're a fan.
  • You can't skip out on the Man in Black. I loved the displays they had showing the difference in sound quality between his music on everything from 78s to mp3s. Definitely had a lot of information, anything you might want to know.
  • So/so interesting stuff inside. I totally Love Johnny Cash but NOT worth the price of admission... AT ALL.

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