The approximate 200,000 square foot building occupies the historic 10,000 seat Municipal Auditorium, and the Museum is located on the first exhibit floor of the building. The 68,000 sq. ft. exhibit floor, was also Nashville’s very first convention center.
The Museum honors Musician's and their contributions to music with exhibitions. The exhibitions showcase guitars, pianos and various musical instruments, photo's, song lyrics, and clothing wore by the musician's on stage. The Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum first opened to the public June 6, 2006 by the owner and founder, Joe Chambers. The museum was open for public tours until February 2010 when the city of Nashville purchased the MHOF property to make room for the NEW Music City Center.
"The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (MHOF) honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The MHOF timeline starts with the beginning of recorded music and inductees are nominated by current members of the American Federation of Musician's and by other music industry professionals."
Tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm and tickets are $18.95 per each 18+ adult. Tickets for children ages 7-17 are $10.95 each. The museum is currently in phase one, with artifacts being added to the exhibits in the coming weeks and months.
A grand opening VIP reception for the Musicians' Hall of Fame and Museum, was attended by nearly 500 people. The reception was held at the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum on August 28th. The reception was for the Musician's, dignified people in the music industry, and the media. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, was one of the many very influential people of Nashville who attended the grand opening VIP reception. Fabulous gourmet food and special wines were provided by the Chef's Market Catering company. Among the people who had a career connection with Elvis Presley several attended the grand opening VIP reception: Bobby Emmons, Gene Chrisman, Reggie Young, and Shane Keister; all members of the "Memphis Boys", along with Bobby Wood who also played music for Elvis. The reception was also attended by Elvis Presley Enterprises' licensed Elvis artist, Betty Harper. Harper has a year long exhibition at the museum, chronicling her Elvis artwork. The exhibit is titled "50 + Years with Elvis."
Musicians who attended the grand opening VIP reception at the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum were: Shane Keister, Bobby Emmons, Ron (Snake) Reynolds, Bill Walker, Ernie Winfrey, Lou Bradley, Pete Finney, Gordon Kennedy, Will McFarlane, Clayton Ivey, JI Allison, Bruce Bouton, Mark Miller, Ray Edenton, Jim Horn, Sonny Curtis, Chris Leuzinger, Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman, Rob Hajacos, Corky O'Dell, Duane Eddy, Joe Chambers, Steve Cropper, Brian Ahern, Chuck Mead, Garry Tallent, Matthew Beckett, Mark Beckett, Mike Chapman, and Jay McDowell.
Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville, President Caroline Pratt had the honor of attending the reception due to the magnanimity of Elvis artist, Betty Harper. Thank you very much, Betty for the marvelous opportunity.
Betty Harper, a Elvis Presley Enterprises licensed artist has an exhibit at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit is titled "50 + Years with Elvis" and it chronicles just some of Betty's portraits of Elvis. The exhibit will run through the end of the 2013 year. In addition to Elvis Presley, Betty’s subjects for artwork include statesman, heroes, recording artists and movie stars. Elvis fans can learn more about Betty Harper's Elvis prints and artwork by visiting BettyHarper.com.
Elvis Presley has a place in the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum. On exhibit is Elvis' 1966 Fender XII in Lake Placid Blue, which he used in his 1967 film "Clambake." The guitar was played by Elvis in the title theme song of "Clambake." The guitar was also played by Elvis during February of 1967 at RCA Studio B located in Nashville when Elvis recorded the soundtrack to "Clambake." The serial number for Elvis guitar is 177898. The guitar was given to actor Lance LeGault by Leo Fender. LeGault was an assistant to the choreographer on the film, and had previously been Elvis' stunt double in earlier films. In December 2012 the Estate of Lance LeGault sold Elvis' guitar to Julian's Auction House, the guitar then sold again for $35, 200. Now the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum has Elvis' guitar on exhibit and the guitar alone is worth seeing the museum. The guitar is in excellent condition, and is very eye catching. The exhibit with Elvis' guitar is one you will want to see if you are a Elvis fan.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum has the vocal booth and the sound baffles from Chips Moman's American Sound Studio. American Sound Studio was a famous recording studio located in Memphis at 827 Thomas Street. The studio was started by Chips Moman and Don Crews. The vocal booth is astonishing to see and the sound baffles are something you would never expect. The Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum has absolutely made their museum unique with the vocal booth and sound baffles from American Sound Studio! More than one hundred hit songs were recorded at American Sound Studio between the years of 1967 and the studios closing in 1972. Elvis Presley initially recorded at American Sound Studio on January 13th 1969. Elvis recorded two albums at the studio, "From Elvis in Memphis" and "Back in Memphis" were recorded over a 13 day duration at American Sound Studio. Elvis' hit songs from American Sound Studio are "Suspicious Minds", "In The Ghetto", "Don't Cry Daddy" and "Kentucky Rain." Neil Diamond with his song "Sweet Caroline", The Box Tops, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Alex Chilton are just a few of the other artists who also recorded at American Sound Studio. The house band at American Sound Studio were "The Memphis Boys" and they are highly acclaimed in their own right. "Memphis Boys" Bobby Emmons, Gene Chrisman, Reggie Young all attended the grand opening VIP reception which was held August 28th.
A replica of Sun Studio is an eye-catching site at the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum. The original Sun Studio, which was founded by Sam Phillips is located at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis. The Sun Studio replica at the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum includes a very impressive detailed imitation of the outside front of the Sun Studio building and the inside area of office manager, Marion Keisker's desk. The replica is complete with the yellow Sun Studio sign, the blue and red sign lights which say "Memphis Recording Service." The Sun Studio replice also features the 1950's square tiled walls, and the furniture for the exact time period at Sun Studio when Elvis would have first walked through the front door! Of course this is only a replica of Sun Studio and the replica certainly does not take the place of the REAL Sun Studio.
The Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum also features exhibits concerning Musician's and entertainer's such as but is not limited to: George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Jimi Hendrix and his guitar player Billy Cox, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, The Nashville "A" Team, W.C "Fluke" Holland who is the original Drummer for Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels for Bob Dylan, The Blue Moon Boys - Scotty Moore and the late Bill Black, Billy Sherrill, Victor Feldman for Glen Miller, Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Fred Foster with Roy Orbison, Joe South, Duane Eddy, Paul Riser a session trombonist at Motown, Chips Moman, The Memphis Boys at American Sound Studio, The Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson, Stax Recording Studio in Memphis, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section & Friends, The Tennessee Two, and Leo Fender the founder of Fender Musical Instruments Company. The Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum has many exciting exhibits featuring numerous famous and distinguished musicians!
Learn more about the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum by visiting their official website: MusiciansHallOfFame.com