Nashville, already home to some of the country’s finest musical museums and attractions, has a brand new one: the Patsy Cline Museum. Housed above the downtown space where the Johnny Cash Museum, opened in 2013 by Cline museum founder Bill Miller, is already attracting crowds, the April 7th grand opening gave visitors a glimpse into the unconventional life and career of the late pop-country songstress.
With just three studio albums to her credit, and two Number One country singles in her lifetime, Patsy Cline was nevertheless marked for even greater stardom before her life – and the lives of fellow Opry stars Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas – ended in tragedy when she was killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee on March 5th, 1963. She was 30 years old. But, due in part to the singer’s pure pop-country voice and commanding presence, her legacy has endured and influenced generations of performers.
Here are the 10 coolest, can’t-miss items on display at the Patsy Cline Museum, now open on 3rd Avenue in downtown Nashville.