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The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store & Museum was founded July 4th, 1979 in Madison, TN with Willie’s good friends Frank and Jeanie Oakley as the storekeepers. The General Store began life as a local art & picture framing store that Willie frequented often while visiting his friends in nearby Ridgetop, Tennessee.
“Thank you” to all of you who’ve supported the Willie Nelson and Friends General Store and Museum throughout the years. Because of you we’ve reached a great milestone and are now the oldest, continuously operated country music artist Museum and souvenir shop in Nashville!
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Because of you the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store — has become a family owned Nashville tradition for over 35 years. Fans from around the world visit us year after year to experience the unique country music history that comes alive as you journey through the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum.
Willie Nelson at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Not only will you see hundreds of Willie Nelson?s personal items but also those of his many friends including Patsy Cline, Faron Young, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Webb Pierce, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Kenny Rogers, Dottie West, Mel Tillis, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Ronnie Milsap, Jeannie Seely, David Frizzell, Shelly West, Lefty Frizzell and many others.
The museum tour showcases an ?All Star? line-up of some of traditional country music?s greatest stars! As we all know, Willie Nelson is truly a one-of-a-kind. We’ve heard lots and lots of stories over the past 31 years from fans who’ve had the opportunity to meet Willie. In each case they always mention what a great person (and musician, of course) that he really is and they’re always delighted to say he’s so “down to earth”.
Because the stories are so interesting, we’d thought it would be fun to let those who’ve met Willie tell you their story. So, if you’ve met Willie Nelson and would like to share that experience with other fans – here’s your chance to tell your story!
There?s a lot to see and feel during your Willie Nelson and Friends Museum experience but here?s just a few of the exhibits you?ll see:
— Willie Nelson?s first Martin guitar that he used when he debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in November of 1963. We also have his signed paycheck from that night – his take home pay was a whopping $11.71!
— Willie?s 1979 CMA ?Entertainer of the Year Award? – Country Music?s highest honor.
— Famous ?Nudie of Hollywood? rhinestone suits worn by Porter Wagoner and Webb Pierce.
— Handwritten diaries and personal items that belonged to the great Patsy Cline.
— Ronnie Milsap?s autographed one-of-a-kind Playboy magazine that is printed completely in braille.
— Concert outfits worn by Kenny Rogers, Jeannie Seely, Barbara Mandrell, Ronnie Milsap, Dottie West and others.
— Famous artifacts and clothing worn by Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis and Marty Stuart while filming various big screen movies such as ?Barbarosa? and the ?Red Headed Stranger.?
This is a self guided tour however each guest is provided a comprehensive four page guide upon admission that describes each of the individual showcases and exhibits featured throughout the museum. You are also welcome to take photographs during your journey.
There?s much more to see and learn so we look forward to seeing you very soon.
Need to pick up a few Nashville souvenirs while you?re in town? Well don?t worry because our same location also features Nashville?s largest souvenir and gift shop. People love shopping with us because of our massive selection of gifts at affordable prices.
In addition to our large selection of unique Willie Nelson merchandise you?ll also find a huge assortment of Nashville souvenirs and T-shirts, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jack Daniels and Elvis Presley merchandise. We even carry a great selection of T-shirts and toys for the kids and grandkids.
And what trip to Nashville would be complete without a new cowboy hat? We stock hundreds of western hats for all ages of cowboys and cowgirls so you are sure to find just the right one to wear while you?re here.
A sampling of some of the other items available at the Willie Nelson General Store include key chains, coffee mugs, shot glasses, clothing, western products, jewelry, souvenir guitars, specialty foods, snacks, drinks, belts and many, many other one-of-a-kind gift ideas.
We?re two great attractions in one convenient location! We are located right off the interstate and directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry House.
We offer plenty of free parking (for cars and motor coaches) with easy access to local hotels, shopping and restaurants while only 15 minutes from downtown Nashville.
So if you really want to experience some of the history that made country music so popular and turned Nashville into “Music City USA” – then stop in and see us here at the Willie Nelson and Friends General Store and Museum real soon!
And if you can’t make it to Nashville in person, then visit us and shop at the General Store on the internet.
Every time I wear this shirt, someone stops me and ask where they can get one. Well, this is where it is from — the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store. They sell the bumper sticker, too.
“We’ve been selling this bumper sticker for over 30 years and it never goes out of style regardless of who’s in office!”
And fun gifts.
The Willie Nelson and Friends General Store is located at located at 2613 McGavock Pike, in Nashville (directly across the street from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel). You can reach them at 615-885-1515.
If you can’t make it to Nashville and visit the Museum’s gift show, visit their website at: