The George Jones Museum Opens in Nashville

A brand new museum tells the story of George Jones’ highly-accomplished and sometimes troubled life.

A 144,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the life of George Jones has opened in Nashville, Tennessee. Located on Second Avenue, in the middle of the downtown tourist district, the museum highlights both the best and the worst times in the legendary singer’s life.

The museum is a treasure trove of artifacts from the singer’s life that humanize the legend while also marking the incredible accomplishments throughout his life and career.

One of the most talked about items in the museum is a John Deere lawnmower that is similar to the one Jones owned at his Franklin, Tennessee property. It not only represented Jones’ well-known love of his yard and pride in taking care of it, but also stands as a symbolic mark of country folklore. In some of the worst times of his alcohol addiction, Jones was known to maneuver the lawnmower to a nearby liquor store when his car keys were taken away because he was too intoxicated to drive.

The difficult parts of Jones’ life are not ignored, but instead represented by small items that have become of history. A chunk of the bridge that Jones ran into during a life-changing, alcohol-fueled accident in 1999 that almost killed the artist stands alongside get-well notes from artists like Garth Brooks. His close relationships with other major country artists are also showcased by personal gifts received by Jones from artists like Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney.

The museum had its grand opening on Thursday, April 24 and drew some of Nashville’s biggest names, including John Rich and Dierks Bentley.

“He represents everything that’s great about country music,” Bentley said of Jones to Billboard. “He’s the real deal, the good stuff and the hard times, too.”

Plans for adding a restaurant and concert venue to the museum are currently in the works. You can find out more about the museum by visiting the official George Jones Museum website.

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The George Jones Museum Opens in Nashville