The oldest continuously operated country artist museum in Nashville, dedicated to honoring country music pioneers, is the Willie Nelson & Friends Museum and General Store.
You can easily spend a few hours browsing the displays of hundreds of personal items chronicling the musical history of Willie Nelson and more than 30 other famous country music artists including Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Webb Pierce. They’re always adding more memorabilia to the incredible collection which includes Willie Nelson’s Martin guitar, from his Grand Ole Opry debut in 1963 and his 1979 CMA Entertainer of the Year award.
You’ll find handwritten lyrics, personal diaries, and concert outfits from entertainers like Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell. There’s even Ronnie Milsap’s one of a kind autographed Playboy magazine, printed in Braille!
The General Store is the largest souvenir shop in Nashville with Jack Daniels, Elvis and Johnny Cash merchandise, along with hundreds of other novelty items and t-shirts, mugs, keychains and the like. You’ll easily find just the perfect gifts for anyone on your list, young and old, and probably a few items that you just can’t do without.
No trip to Nashville would be complete if you don’t have the right hat, and Willie Nelson’s General Store has hundreds of western hats from which to choose. Be sure to include this fun museum and store on your next Nashville trip.
While visiting Nashville, make sure to set aside some time to visit A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival May 14, touted as one of the area’s most anticipated events. Experience a different side of Music City USA by tasting specialty wines made at local vineyards, many of which have garnered regional and international awards. Vendors will also be on hand selling gourmet foods from area restaurants and handcrafted items from local artisans. The event takes place at Nashville Shores and provides festival goers with a great day of live entertainment, free lake cruises and food and wine seminars. Visitors can also book lodging accommodations if they are interested in staying in the area for an extended period of time.
During your vacation in Nashville, take a day to visit the Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch via a limousine. You will be picked up at your Nashville hotel and driven in luxury to nearby Hurricane Mills. Take a tour through the Lynn Plantation Home or visit Lynn’s recreated Butcher Holler Home. See all things Loretta Lynn at the impressive Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum and then take a walk down to the Old Grist Mill for a look at Lynn’s doll collection. There is also plenty of opportunities for swimming, canoeing or paddle boating on the property. Don’t miss you chance to visit the Dude Ranch and maybe catch a glimpse of a country music legend!
Spend an evening with another one of country music’s legends at the Always… Patsy Cline show. This amazing show pays tribute to the legendary voice of Patsy Cline, who died in 1963 at the height of her her music career. Featuring a stellar performance by tribute artist Mandy Barnett you will hear many of Cline’s number one hits such as “Your Cheatin Heart,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Walkin After Midnight,” and “Crazy.” This spectacular show will take you back to the golden age of country music, so make sure and book your tickets now!