Add Patsy Cline to country music legends with downtown Nashville museums dedicated in their honor.
The owner of the Johnny Cash Museum on Thursday revealed plans to open the Patsy Cline Museum in space directly above his museum at 119 Third Ave. S.
Construction should start in June on the 4,000-square-foot project with opening expected in the winter. It would be the latest such venture to be funded and operated by the family of Cash Museum owner Bill Miller, who nearly a month ago announced plans to open Nudie's Honky Tonk at 409 Broadway in honor of deceased country music tailor Nudie Cohn who designed glittering rhinestone-covered suits and jackets.
"Of all the artists in the history of country music, few are as recognized and as recognizable as Patsy Cline," said Miller, who runs the family organization along with his wife, Shannon. "Despite the fact that she passed decades ago, her impact and presence are every bit as big today as ever. Her fans from around the globe will have a place to come and celebrate her life and legacy."
The new museum will host the largest collection of rare Patsy Cline artifacts, including many of the "Walking After Midnight" singer's personal possessions, costumes, awards, letters, furniture and photographs. The exhibits will feature interactive cutting-edge audio and touch screen video technology. A gift shop is also planned.