Cultural Exhibition

Permanent Interpretive History

Photos courtesy of Murphy-Catton

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Owensboro, Kentucky

Visitors can experience the excitement of an outdoor festival, listen to classic songs performed by Bluegrass legends, and explore the rich history of the Bluegrass music industry courtesy of a $3 million grant from the Kentucky General Assembly. Imaginative and entertaining exhibits, in 9,700 SF of gallery space, pay tribute to the pioneers and legends of Bluegrass music and celebrate the high, lonesome sounds of the distinctly American music form that originated in the Appalachian region of the United States. For more information, visit

1717 was commissioned in 2005 to plan and design two levels of permanent exhibit galleries as well as the reception area and gift shop for the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Located on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Owensboro, the Museum features a video theater, button‐activated audio stations, interactive computer stations where visitors can compare the playing styles of different musicians, learn about specific Bluegrass techniques, and even mix their own Bluegrass songs. The Hall of Fame gallery features artifacts and personal memorabilia of Bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe, Don Reno, and Josh Graves. A unique circular desk, supported by alternating banjo and mandolin profile supports, was designed to accommodate both the ticketing process and retail operation. Inexpensive themed cabinets, tables, and wall panels were developed to display a wide range of Bluegrass related merchandise.