From Nashville to Stockholm, museums are paying tribute to local music legends through interactive exhibitions and rare memorabilia.
Here are four groupie-pleasing galleries and what they have on tap this fall:
1. “Man in Black” pilgrims have a new mecca: Nashville’s Johnny Cash Museum (20 miles from the Tennessee home he shared with his wife, June), where items include his 12th-grade report card and tin cups from the Folsom Prison recording session.
2. Stockholm fetes its peppiest export with the recent launch of ABBA: The Museum. Fans join holograms of the 1970s pop sensation on stage as “dancing queens,” digitally dressed up in sequined jumpsuits and go-go boots.
3. The Kalakuta Museum in Lagos, Nigeria, honors Afrobeat king and activist Fela Kuti. Reopened last October as a museum and small hotel, the late star’s house features his bedroom, a flashy shoe collection, and a rooftop bar.
4. Winchester shunned native daughter Patsy Cline for years, but its Museum of Shenandoah Valley credits her beginnings in a major show near the tin-roofed home of the high school dropout turned country queen.
Christine Bednarz is an assistant researcher at National Geographic Traveler magazine. Follow her story on Twitter @cebednarz.