OWENSBORO, Kentucky — The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened its new $15.3 million building with a three-day celebration October 18-20.
The 26-year-old museum closed in June to begin transferring exhibits and artifacts from its former location in the RiverPark Center to its new facility on the redeveloped Owensboro riverfront.
The new state-of-the-art facility, which was renamed in April from the International Bluegrass Music Museum, features expanded exhibit space with artifacts and interactive stations and the 450-seat Woodward Theater, which will host a weekly bluegrass series.
The museum also has an outdoor festival-style stage with a grassy area that can seat up to 1,500.
All the living members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame were invited to the opening weekend, which featured a concert by hall of famer Sam Bush.