International Bluegrass Music Museum
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Exterior of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Owensboro, KY.]]
|Location||Owensboro, Kentucky, United States|
The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a bluegrass music museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. The museum has interactive exhibits, posters, costumes, live instrument demonstrations, and the International Bluegrass Music Association's Hall of Fame. The museum has 2004 m2 (21,000 square feet) of exhibits and offices on three floors. As a non-profit group, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum has raised funds with the help of famous bluegrass musicians such as Ricky Skaggs and Ralph Stanley.
They host their own annual summer music festival, ROMP (originally designating River Of Music Party because it was held on the banks of the Ohio River). ROMP festival is typically held the last weekend in June each summer. Jam sessions are held at the museum the first Thursday of every month. The Bluegrass Music Museum & Hall of Fame is the world's only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the international history of bluegrass music.
The mission of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is to develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music.
The museum was incorporated in 1991 and opened year-round in 1995. In 2002 it re-opened after expanding. In 2018, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum opened a new $15 million facility in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky on the banks of the Ohio River.
- Woodward Theatre – Concerts are hosted in this 447 seat theatre, designed specifically for acoustic music.
- The Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars are a group of music students who take lessons at the museum.
- The Video Oral History Project (VOHP) – videotapes the elderly first generation of bluegrass musicians.
- Bluegrass in the Schools (BITS) – puts instruments into the hands of students and teachers in elementary schools in Daviess County, Kentucky.
- Benefit Concerts – The museum hosts a monthly concert series.
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