Nashville to Get Merle Haggard Museum
Nashville already has the Johnny Cash Museum, the George Jones Museum, the Patsy Cline Museum, and, of course, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As if that’s not enough, Music City is about to add another outlaw to its growing list of country music institutions: the late Merle Haggard.
It was just announced that the Merle Haggard Museum will open in downtown Nashville in the summer of 2018. Spearheaded by the folks behind both the Patsy Cline Museum and the Johnny Cash Museum, the Merle Haggard Museum is being developed in collaboration with Haggard’s widow Theresa Haggard and several of his other family members.
Plans for the museum space include personal artifacts like Haggard’s musical instruments and items of clothing, as well as interactive media displays that will educate visitors about Haggard’s life and career. The property will also house Merle’s Meat + Three Saloon, which will feature food from Nashville restaurant Swett’s along with saloon-friendly beverages.
The museum and restaurant will be located at 121 Third Avenue South, right next door to the Johnny Cash Museum.