Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum set to reopen with new exhibit - WSMV Channel 4

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum showcases those behind the music

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An iconic Nashville museum that celebrates some of music's most important history is about to reopen.

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum has treasures from across the industry, and it is ready to open in its new location on the first floor of the Municipal Auditorium.

If you are wondering why Music City needs another music museum, consider a quote from singer and guitar player Neil Young, who said, "You can see the hood ornament on the car if you go to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. But if you want to look at the engine and see what's making it go, then you go to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum."

So we did, for a preview of what you can expect to see.

Joe Chambers has dedicated the past three years of his life to the new museum, and it's all to salute his love of music.

"My dad made the mistake of buying me a transistor radio when I was in the 6th grade, and that's why I can't read now. I had the ear piece going up my sleeves, and I was listening to the Beatles and the Stones," Chambers said.

This museum is less about the like of Jagger and McCartney, and more the guys who stood next to them.

The hope here is to give everyone credit for music, not just the star out front.

"A lot of people said the same thing, 'I'll never listen to radio the same again,' and that would be a good thing," Chambers said.

One of the exhibits visitors will be able to tour for the first time at the new location is a wall and sound booth from the old American Sound studio in Memphis.

The building was sold to a new owner right before the death of Elvis Presley, who recorded Suspicious Minds in the sound booth now on display.

"Two days later, Elvis died, and so it became a destination for Elvis fans to come and tour," Chambers said.

The museum officially opens on Thursday, and hours are usually from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $19 for adults, and the museum right now is just in phase one, so it will keep adding material.

For more on the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, visit: http://www.musicianshalloffame.com/.

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