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New Bluegrass Museum Groundbreaking -- The Next Chapter has Begun

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New International Bluegrass Music Museum GroundbreakingOwensboro, KY -- Ground breaking for the new home of the Bluegrass Music Museum and Hall of Fame took place Thursday June 23. The large crowd included Hall of Fame members Del McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Eddie Adcock, JD Crowe and Larry Sparks.

The fully funded $15.4 million project is a collaboration between the City of Owensboro, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and IBMM. The new Bluegrass Museum will house the world's foremost collection of bluegrass artifacts, memorabilia, and music recordings in a safe environment for generations to come. With views of the Ohio River, the new Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame will be the focal point of the City of Owensboro. It will be the only full-scale Bluegrass Music Museum in the world, including:

  • A 450 seat concert hall,
  • Recording studio
  • An outdoor concert area to seat 2,000
  • An expansive gift shop
  • Research library
  • Teaching rooms
  • A rooftop restaurant overlooking downtown.

"Not only is this a good thing for Owensboro, but the new and expanded Museum and Hall of Fame is good for the State of Kentucky," said IBMM Executive Director, Chris Joslin "from a tourism standpoint, this is a Kentucky project."

This $15.4 million project will allow IBMM to house the world's foremost collection of bluegrass artifacts, memorabilia, and music recordings in a safe environment for generations to come.

With views of the Ohio River, the new Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame will be the focal point of the city of Owensboro. It will be the only full-scale Bluegrass Music Museum in the world, including a 450 seat concert hall, recording studio, an outdoor concert area to seat 2,000, an expansive gift shop, research library, teaching rooms and a rooftop restaurant overlooking downtown.

Peyronnin Construction of Evansville was awarded the construction contract to build the new Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame; completion is estimated to be the spring of 2018.

The property comprises an entire city block at the heart of the newly revitalized downtown area, and is adjacent to the Owensboro Convention Center, two new hotels, and the world-renowned $64 million waterfront park. Bluegrass music is a treasured art form performed in dozens of countries around the world, and the IBMM works daily to preserve this rich and vibrant history through its archival and educational programs.

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