Like many of the legends of country music, Patsy Cline’s legacy will now be enshrined in a new museum in downtown Nashville, and in a familiar location. Housed on the 2nd floor of the bustling and successful Johnny Cash Museum at 119 Third Avenue South on lower Broadway, the Patsy Cline Museum will be opening its doors to the public on April 7th.
Paying homage to her personal and professional life, the museum will house the largest collection of Patsy Cline memorabilia assembled, and will be the epicenter for preserving the singer’s legacy with the family’s blessing. Displays will include personal letters, photographs, costumes, clothing, and household furnishings from her “Rec Room” in Goodlettsville, TN, where Patsy hosted some of the most famous gatherings and musical collaborations in country music history.
“In her short nine years as a recording artist from ‘55 to ‘63, she forever changed the voice of country music, the role of female artists and influenced performers across all genres,” says Patsy Cline Museum Founder Bill Miller. “To this very day, artists still cover her hits and you’ll hear her recordings used in motion pictures and TV series. She deserved her own museum as she continues to transcend generations of fans. We are honored to work with Patsy’s children to preserve her legacy.”
Charlie Dick, Patsy Cline’s husband and the foremost champion of her music and legacy, passed away in 2015, making even more need for a museum to preserve the artifacts and memories of Patsy. She died in a plane crash at the age of 30, leaving country music haunted by her memory, and a career cut short by tragedy.
“I am very happy to speak on behalf of my brothers, Randy and Chip, and in honor of the legacy of my mother Patsy Cline,” says Julie Fudge. “Since the passing of our father, this is our first step together in continuing to share Mom’s music, life and story, as we feel Dad would have. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with and experience what Bill [Miller] will present to old and new fans alike.”
The Patsy Cline Museum will be open Daily 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Central.