The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum founder Joe Chambers said Tuesday morning his cultural attraction is tentatively slated to open by year’s end in the Municipal Auditorium.
The unveiling of the museum, which once operated from within the SoBro footprint on which the Music City Center convention facility now sits, will come about one year after Chambers and his team began work within the lower level of the central business district-based auditorium. Its official name is The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
“If all goes well, I would like to see the first phase open before the end of the year, and this will sustain us for the near future,” Chambers said. “But we can expand in a number of ways.”
With work ongoing, Chambers said it is difficult to place a final price tag on the project, for which Ashland City-based Gann Construction is serving as general contractor.
Chambers, who has a 20-year lease with the city for the Metro-owned Municipal Auditorium (for some background, read here), said the emphasis will be on 1960s and 1970s popular music. He said Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville and Philadelphia will be represented with various memorabilia and city-specific exhibits.
“We’ll have Motown, Muscle Shoals, Sun Records, Stax Records and American Sound Studio exhibits,” Chambers said.
Chambers said Metro has finalized some major improvements to the Municipal Auditorium, including those involve water pipes, electricity lines, HVAC systems and restrooms.
“The city had done some much-needed physical and cosmetic improvements,” he said.