Bluegrass Museum to reopen June 17

June 9, 2020 | 12:06 am

Updated June 8, 2020 | 11:13 pm

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After closing for nearly three months due to the coronavirus, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum will reopen June 17. 

Following the State of Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work” guidelines, the Hall of Fame’s exhibit space and museum store will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. upon reopening.

Details for reopening can be found at as well at the Museum’s social media platforms.


Several core exhibits within the museum explore a chronological history of bluegrass music. From the early sources to contemporary interpretations, museum exhibits tell the story of bluegrass music via documentary-style films, artifacts and images. In addition, the exhibits on the second floor highlight the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and include additional artifacts, images and videos pertaining to Hall of Fame members.

“Many have accessed the virtual tour videos we created during the shutdown providing an overview of each exhibit area as well as a behind the scenes look at our theater and production areas,” said Executive Director Chris Joslin. “Now visitors can experience the Hall of Fame in person again. There is an energy and joy around bluegrass music that is undeniable, and the fact that this vibrant art form is rooted in Kentucky’s culture, history, and heritage is something we are very proud of.”

The virtual tours can be accessed at and are a resource when planning a visit to the Museum.

The museum store features new products including OZ Tyler limited edition bourbon; CDs, LPs, and DVDs; logo apparel; and a new ROMP T-shirt that is available while the limited run lasts.

Joslin said changes and adjustments have been made to ensure the safety and health of both museum visitors and museum staff. Details are posted on our website, our social media platforms, and within our building.

Several of the museum’s interactive exhibits are impacted by the new safety measures, but the Hall of Fame has expanded several multimedia elements ensuring a fun, educational experience that includes a lot of music.

“In addition to those traveling from outside the state, this a perfect opportunity for local residents, as well as those throughout the region, to discover why the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a world-class destination,” said Mark Calitri, CEO of Visit Owensboro.  There is a reason why Brand USA named Owensboro a Top 10 Music City. The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, and their signature event ROMP Festival, are a big part of that, and we can build on this move forward.”


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June 9, 2020 | 12:06 am

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