U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum




U.S. Highway 23 is a designated National Scenic Byway in honor of the unprecedented number of country music entertainers who were born or lived along U.S. Highway 23. The U.S. Highway 23 Country Music Museum opened in April 2005 and boasts a rich history celebrating the music of those born in the green mountains of eastern Kentucky. Country music fans will be interested and intrigued by country music star memorabilia and displays supplied by the artists. Exhibits include Johnson County’s own Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Hylo Brown. Other exhibits include Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Billy Ray Cyrus, the Judds, Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, and Rebecca Lynn Howard. A unique gift shop features cookbooks by Loretta Lynn, Naomi Judd, and other area authors in addition to CDs, books, and videos by your favorite entertainers. The gift shop also features Appalachian crafts reflecting the artistry and culture of U.S. Highway 23, perfect for your guests to explore. The Great Room is the perfect setting for your wedding reception with a 60-inch screen for showing a slideshow of your couple’s memories, surround sound system, and projected video capabilities to meet every need for entertaining your guests. The large windows, stone staircase, and high ceilings are decorated with unique industrial lighting and let in a lot of natural light for a romantic, elegant setting.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Ballrooms, Modern


Indoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 225 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 225 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 9:00A.M. Events must end by 10:00PM.

Rental Fees

A non-refundable $75 scheduling/cleaning fee is required. Rental fee is $100 per hour or $1,000 for a full day (9am-10pm). An extra $200 is required for a full wedding with reception.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum is estimated at between $3,456 and $5,736 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Day-of coordinator
Full kitchen facilities
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
No smoking
Music must end by 8:30PM
Museum admission $3 per guest