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The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, Nashville
(4.4/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Even if you are not a fan of Johnny Cash, his life story is amazing. Feeling worthless throughout his life, he struggled at various times but still persisted with his music. I felt great admiration fo...  more »
  • This museum is very well done. It covers all the artifacts and memorabilia you could possibly want to see, from Johnny Cash's handwritten letters and lyrics to stage costumes to music...especially the...  more »
  • Located just off of 3rd street, this quaint museum is jammed packed with artifacts, costumes, guitars, handwritten sheet music, photographs and audio visuals of one of country music's biggest supersta...  more »
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  • We enjoyed the tour. It was crowded, and close quarters made us feel rushed. The displays were very informative and fun. I loved the stuff from the military and the early Tennessee Two days.
  • I would rate the museum portion higher, however, it was quite difficult too, ONLY because of the overcrowding. I understand that there's a lot to read and see, however, perhaps only send parties in, at maybe 10 min intervals? Maybe that way, people would have a little more room because they'd have a little time between the next shuffle of customers. Overrall, the museum itself was a great site to see. Lots of fun facts, original memorbilia, and beautiful decor, from the original Cash estate. You are allowed to take photos, however, they request no flash photography. Honestly, I would've given the place 5 stars, had it not been for the massive over crowding. I went here with my stepmother, and I had been waiting almost a year to finally get an opportunity to go. I either got squished too much, or flat out couldn't see some of the facts, bc people were rude and refused to scoot over a little, to be equally considerate. (Don't bother expecting an "excuse me," from onlookers either; even in the South, not everyone is as friendly as their family taught them be.) Please consider timing intervals for your museum. I would Love to take my kiddos here to learn about a legend in music history, but there is NO way, even with kiddos who are trained to know that their mom will whack them if they act inappropriately in public, that I would risk taking my 8 and 11yo , in that kind of over crowdedness. (Note: We went on a weekend, however, I am sure the lines aren't as horrible during the typical weekday.)
  • Definitely worth a go through for any Johnny Cash fan. The museum has so much information and is set up very nicely. It also had a nice mix of interactive displays.
  • Worth going to once If you are a Johnny Cash fan but I wouldn't go back. The prices (18+ per ticket) are too expensive to bring kids in my opinion. The place is a bit small as well. I did enjoy it but I wish it had more. Overall it was a positive experience.
  • Pretty cool museum-$18 for an hour's worth of various JC memorabilia. I froze my butt off in shorts, t shirt and flip flops so be sure to wear jeans and long sleeve. There's a cafe with pretty good $8 sandwiches attached next door.