Icon Entertainment Group, managers of the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museums, are planning to commemorate the late-and-great Merle Haggard by opening the Merle Haggard Museum and Merle’s Meat + Three Saloon next summer. The museum and restaurant are being built next door to the museum of Haggard’s long-time friend, Johnny Cash. This will be a great addition to a historic part of downtown Nashville, with museums honoring some of country music’s greatest legends.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone)October 30, 2017
“When the family of a legend hands you that legacy and entrusts you with that, it’s something we don’t take lightly,” Bill Miller, owner of Icon Entertainment Group, said in regards to the museum statement.
The museum will display many artifacts from the “Mama Tried” singer’s life, including performance outfits, instruments, awards, memorabilia, and personal possessions given to the museum by his family and his widow, Theresa Haggard.
“The world lost one of the greatest country singers of all time and I lost the love of my life when Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday April 6, 2016. Now nearly one and half years later, I have partnered with my friends Bill and Shannon Miller, owners of the acclaimed Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museums to open the Merle Haggard Museum. Merle would be very happy knowing that his museum will be next door to his dear friend Johnny Cash. I'm sure he is up there smiling about that. Our family is also very excited about the Merle-themed restaurant and bar featuring first-class, Southern home cooking and a saloon to boot. This museum will be a way to preserve and share the love Merle had for music and life,“ Theresa Haggard shared.
— MusicRow Magazine (@MusicRow)October 30, 2017
The announcement was made on Monday, October 30, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the release of Haggard’s song, "Sing Me Back Home."
This "Okie from Muskogee” has 38 number-one songs on over 60 studio albums, is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won numerous awards, including 3 Grammys and over 20 ACMs.