Pitch-Perfect Museums

From Nashville to Stockholm, museums are paying tribute to local music legends through interactive exhibitions and rare memorabilia.

Here are four groupie-pleasing galleries and what they have on tap this fall:

ABBA formed in Stockholm in 1972. (Photograph by AP/Corbis)
ABBA formed in Stockholm in 1972. (Photograph by AP/Corbis)

1. “Man in Black” pilgrims have a new mecca: Nashville’s Johnny Cash Museum (20 miles from the Tennessee home he shared with his wife, June), where items include his 12th-grade report card and tin cups from the Folsom Prison recording session.

2. Stockholm fetes its peppiest export with the recent launch of ABBA: The Museum. Fans join holograms of the 1970s pop sensation on stage as “dancing queens,” digitally dressed up in sequined jumpsuits and go-go boots.

Fans can visit Patsy Cline's grave at nearby Shenandoah Memorial Park. (Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Fans can also visit Cline’s home and grave in Winchester. (Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

3. The Kalakuta Museum in Lagos, Nigeria, honors Afrobeat king and activist Fela Kuti. Reopened last October as a museum and small hotel, the late star’s house features his bedroom, a flashy shoe collection, and a rooftop bar.

4. Winchester shunned native daughter Patsy Cline for years, but its Museum of Shenandoah Valley credits her beginnings in a major show near the tin-roofed home of the high school dropout turned country queen.

Christine Bednarz is an assistant researcher at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Follow her story on Twitter @cebednarz.


  1. Temeka Group
    Corona, CA
    October 4, 2013, 1:09 am

    Temeka Group enjoyed being a part of the design and development of the Johnny Cash Museum and making it a reality. Every display and exhibit came to life as we showcased such great memorabilia. It was a turn key project that meant so much to our team and were fortunate to be a part of such a special place.

  2. Ian Faulds
    Bellingham, Washington, USA
    October 3, 2013, 3:14 am

    The Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle almost always has a Jimi Hendrix exhibition on. Currently it’s title is “Hear My Train A Comin’: Hendrix Hits London”. Seattle loves to show off its many generations of musical talent.

    Ian Faulds