Details, Grand Opening Announced for George Jones Museum
The long-awaited George Jones Museum is nearing its opening day. Jones' widow Nancy has revealed that the four-story building will officially open on April 24, to coincide with the second anniversary of her husband's April 26 death.
“We are overjoyed to share George’s legacy and memory with the Nashville community,” Nancy Jones says. “We hope that this will draw George’s friends and fans worldwide to our great city. George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City.”
The museum will cover all aspects of the country legend's life, from his childhood in Saratoga, Texas, to his time in the Marines and as a radio announcer for KTXJ in Jasper, Texas, before he began his career in country music.
The 44,000-square-foot property will also show the different phases of Jones' life in country music, from his first hit, 'Why Baby Why,' through his hits into the new millennium. An interactive booth will allow fans to sing with the Possum, as well as view many of his personally owned items, including awards, gold and platinum records and other memorabilia.
In addition, there will also be a theater that will show videos of his performances, a restaurant, an event space and a gift shop, plus a 75-foot rooftop bar overlooking the Cumberland River.
The opening weekend will include the official launch of White Lightning Moonshine, which pays homage to Jones' first hit of the same name, from 1959.
The George Jones Museum will be located at 128 2nd Ave. North in downtown Nashville. Browse through the gallery below to view artist renderings of the space.