Arts & Culture
7:38 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Owensboro's Bluegrass Museum Looking to Expand

The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro has big ideas for the future.  Officials want to turn the old state office building downtown into a new International Bluegrass Music Center. 

Terry Woodward chairs the museum's board of trustees.  He says the move would triple the museum's space.

"We would incorporate in this center not only a museum, but we'd have a 1,000 seat theater and we'd had an outside stage where we could do concerts on the lawn and could accomodate a couple thousand people outdoors," says Woodward.

Woodward says plans also include a restaurant and recording studio.  The cost of converting the building is estimated at $9.6 million.  The city commission is committing $3 million toward the project, leaving the museum to come up with the remaining $7 million.  A fundraising campaign begins next month.