You would be Crazy not to Visit the Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville

Patsy Cline Museum Nashville Tennessee Records on the Wall

Patsy Cline made a huge impact on music.  Her life was cut short by tragedy, but her legacy endures. The Patsy Cline museum in Nashville, Tennessee documents her incredible life. From her humble beginnings in Winchester, Virginia to her untimely death in Camden, Tennessee it tells the story of a music legend. This post contains affiliate links

Patsy Cline Museum

Located on the second level of the Johnny Cash Museum, the Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, Tennessee is a testament to the singers short life.  We visited on a Saturday afternoon, and the Cash Museum was incredibly busy.  Lucky for us, the Patsy Cline Museum (being new) was not really all that crowded.  Bonus Points, we purchased our tickets online so we didn’t even have to wait in line for that!

Patsy Cline Museum Nashville Tennessee

We arrived around  2:30 pm, made our way upstairs, and checked in at the front desk of the gift shop.  The cashier took our ticket and gave us a thorough explanation of how to navigate the museum, and we were off!

Entry

The first portion of the exhibit is a wall with a timeline chronicling her life. It starts with her birth in Winchester, Virginia and spans her entire musical career. I learned so much just from reading this wall!  Fun Fact: Patsy Cline was the first Solo Female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Nashville Tennessee Patsy Cline Museum Timeline

On the other side of the hall is one of my favorite pieces in the entire exhibit.  As a young musician Patsy Cline worked at Gaunt’s Drugstore making shakes and waiting tables.  The owner of the drugstore was a huge fan of her music and allowed her to work a flexible schedule to accommodate her budding career.   Across from the timeline wall is and actual booth that Patsy would have waited on during her time as a server at Gaunt’s.

Patsy Cline Museum Nashville Tennessee Gaunts Drug Store

5 Things not to Miss

The Patsy Cline Museum has an incredible collection of items from Patsy’s life.  I don’t want to spoil the experience by sharing everything in the museum so I will give you a rundown of things not to miss.

Biography

The museum shows a great short biography of Patsy Cline. It is narrated by Beverly D’Angelo, and it covers her life pretty well in the short time it is on.  The room it plays in is comfortable and has room for plenty of viewers.  I learned quite a bit watching this film.

Home Sweet Home

Months before her death, Patsy purchased her dream home in Gallatin, Tennessee.  The museum has a display of things from her home that seem mundane, but show a glimpse into her life.  Everything from, jewelry, luggage, and even clocks.  These normal items from her life are a window into who she was.

Patsy Cline museum Nashville Tennessee

Dresses

There is a great collection of dresses in the Patsy Cline Museum that were sewn by her mother. Many of the dresses were made based on Patsy’s drawings. These dresses showed that her artistic ability extended far beyond singing!

Patsy Cline Museum Nashville, Tennessee Dresses

Awards

A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Diamond award from the RIAA for her Greatest Hits Album, and many more; the Patsy Cline Museum has a small display of some of the most prestigious awards! These awards speak to the immense impact that Patsy had on the music industry.

Patsy Cline Museum Awards Grammy RIAA Diamond

Rec Room

The short time Patsy and her husband lived in their dream home in Gallatin, they entertained many friends and family including: Loretta Lynn, Dottie West, and many more.  This usually occurred in the “Rec Room” in the house.  The museum has recreated the Rec Room with original furnishings and decorative items.  The only things that had to be recreated were the bar and the coffee table.  Take some time while you are there to check out all the names on the guitar!

Patsy Cline Museum Nashville Tennessee Rec Room

More Information

Located upstairs at 119 3rd Ave. S Nashville, TN 37201, the Patsy Cline Museum shares an entry with the Johnny Cash Museum

Parking is available nearby in garages and lots, but it is not available at the site of the museum.

Admission costs:  Adult $18.95 plus convenience fee
Child (Ages 6-15) $14.95 plus convenience fee
Ages 5 & Under Free

Buy tickets ahead of time online to shorten your wait time when you arrive.

Hours: Monday-Sunday – 9:00AM – 7:00PM

Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas

Give yourself an Hour and a half to explore the museum

Contact the museum at  (615) 454-4722

Be sure to check out the gift shop on your way out.

Patsy Cline Museum Gift Shop Nashville Tennessee

Nashville

Nashville is an incredible city.  Although it is growing out of being just the country music capital of the world, there is no denying that country still reigns in Music City.  Paying homage to the legends of country music is an essential portion of Nashville’s tourism industry.  The Patsy Cline Museum is another incredible addition to Nashville’s already amazing collection of museums dedicated to music.  When you visit Nashville, be sure to check out these other great downtown attractions.

Patsy Cline made a huge impact on music. Her life was cut short by tragedy, but her legacy endures. The Patsy Cline museum in Nashville, Tennessee documents her incredible life. From her humble beginnings in Winchester, Virginia to her untimely death in Camden, Tennessee it tells the story of a music legend.

 

 

 

 

21 Comment

  1. Nashville is in my bucket list, so I will make sure to check out the museum when I visit! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Amongst other US places, Nashville is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, so this was super helpful – thank you!

  3. Seems like a really cool museum to visit. I actually want to visit now and if I’m in the area i will. Thanks.

  4. Nashville is in my bucket list, so I will make sure to check out the museum.There are many awesome museums in the US that I have not go and will plan to visit it one day!

  5. My husband and I are looking at taking a trip to Nashville in the fall and will have to be sure to look in to this!

  6. Looks like you had a great time! I’m definitely wanting to visit! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. Nashville is so much fun! I am way overdue for a weekend. 🙂

  8. Of course you would have to visit the Patsy Cline Museum while in Nashville. I bet there are so many more cool artist tributes there as well. I would love to visit one day.

  9. Interesting place! LOVE the clever title. 🙂 Couldn’t help singing it in my head. LOL

  10. Oh my goodness! I love Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. I would have to check out both of these museums. I especially like museums that have furnishings and original clothing. You really get a sense of the the person’s style and the time period.

  11. It looks very neat! Would love to visit Nashville and this museum. Great post.

  12. I’ve never heard of this museum! I love Nashville and definitely appreciate Patsy Cline, though!

  13. Joaquim Miro says: Reply

    Wow! I had never even heard of this woman! Pretty incredible how much I just learned from your post 🙂 thanks!!

  14. I love Patsy Cline and did not know about this museum. Thanks & what a wonderful article and photos!

  15. How cool is this? I will be in Nashville this summer and I will definitely want to check this out! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Looks like you guys had a blast!.. Loved all the pics.. Thanks for letting us know about the museum! 🙂

  17. This looks great! We’ll have to check this out next time we’re in Nashville. That Rec room reminds me of my grandparents’ living room!

  18. My husband has visited Nashville a few years ago and loved it. I wish I can go there some time. Who knows, maybe I visit the museum.

  19. Tomeka Allgood says: Reply

    I have added this on my Nashville places to visit list thanks to this article. Before reading this it wasn’t on my radar…thanks!

  20. I’ve been to Nashville but NEVER knew this museum was here! I Love Patsy Cline! “I go out walkin’ after midnight”.

  21. My mom love country music so I know about Patsy Cline. Great museum, seems like a must if you are heading to Nashville.

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