A new Johnny Cash Museum will open later this year on Third Avenue between Demonbreun Street and Broadway in downtown Nashville.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joined members of the Cash family and museum founder Bill Miller Tuesday to unveil details of the facility.
Slated to open this summer, the museum will feature never before seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes and instruments, uniting the acclaimed collection of Miller, longtime friend of the Cash's and founder of the official Johnny Cash Web site, and pieces from Cash's friends, colleagues and family members including his children and siblings.
"We intend on making this the best single celebrity museum anywhere in the world," Miller told Nashville's News 2.
John Carter Cash, Johnny's son said the family is looking forward to adding to the collection.
"I'm excited for the world that they will be able to experience that connection in a different way, in a new way, in a way that hadn't been possible before. I know my parents would be very excited to see that a Johnny Cash museum is happening and that it's going to come about. It furthers their spirit and what they believe in and who they are as people."
Phase I of the museum will consist of a museum store, permanent exhibits and a multipurpose venue for performances, special exhibits and other events.
Phase II will both ground and top floor expansions bringing the total square footage of the museum to 18,000 square feet.
Plans include an additional exhibit space, enlarged performance area, onsite food venue and more.