Dolly Parton Reveals Plans To Open Museum In Nashville, Teases Large ‘Dolly Center’ Complex

Dolly Parton revealed plans to open ‘Dolly Center’ in Downtown Nashville within the next few years. While chatting with The Tennessean, the country music icon opened up about her future plans in Music City that will potentially include a Dolly Parton…

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Posted on November 27, 2022

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Dolly Parton revealed plans to open ‘Dolly Center’ in Downtown Nashville within the next few years.

While chatting with The Tennessean, the country music icon opened up about her future plans in Music City that will potentially include a Dolly Parton museum, restaurant/bar and grill, and more.

“I’m going to have a museum here [in Nashville] pretty soon,” she revealed, before sharing that she hopes to open the museum “within the next couple of years.”

While Parton already does have the Chasing Rainbows Museum inside of her iconic Dollywood Theme Park, the “9 to 5” singer revealed that she wants to open another closer to “home.” 

“We have the museum at Dollywood, of course, but I would love to have something here since this is really my home,” Parton added.

The Rock And Roll Hall of Famer then shared that she would also like to open a business near Lower Broadway.

“And I may have a restaurant or a bar and grill [in the future as well],” Parton continued. She then promised that she will one day open a business in Downtown Nashville, but admits “right now though, I’ve got so many things going. I can do without that for the moment. But someday I will have a business here.”

Parton said the museum might be part of “a larger complex, like a ‘Dolly Center’ or something that includes the museum. That’s kind of where my thinking is.”

The Grand Ole Opry member and East Tennessee native didn’t share any additional details of what could be coming in the future and she also didn’t disclose a timeline for the complex or museum. And while it’s unclear what would be on display at the museum, it’s possible that it will highlight Parton’s legendary career similar to her Chasing Rainbows Museum, which features some of Parton’s unique memorabilia.

According to Parton’s website, Chasing Rainbows at Dollywood is a state-of-the-art interactive museum that is home to a collection of items that chronicles Parton’s rise to fame from her humble East Tennessee beginnings to superstardom. The space showcases Parton’s dreams, both past and present, and some of Parton’s most treasured items, including the famed coat of many colors and countless awards from around the world.

“I’m a collector of stuff, I keep EVERYTHING. And you know what I’ve discovered? A lot of stuff I’ve saved is tied to dreams that helped shape my life,” Parton said of the Chasing Rainbows Museum. “I hope seeing my stuff inspires you to have some dreams you’ll want to collect.”

Parton is gearing up to appear in Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, a movie-musical that “tells the backstage story of making a network TV special,” according to the NBC synopsis.

The show will feature appearances by Parton, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmie Allen, Zach Williams and more.

Filmed at Dollywood in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas will air on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 8/7c on NBC.

Dolly Parton was also recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on November 5 alongside Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Eminem, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon. 

Parton was on hand to accept the honor and in addition the country music hitmaker perform a brand-new rock tune called “Rockin’,” which is set to appear on her yet-to-be-announced rock album.

The world-renowned star is currently in the process of writing and recording her forthcoming rock album.

“When I got nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I thought ‘Well, no better time to do it,’” Parton recently told Pollstar. “I had always wanted to do it. My husband is a big hard rock ‘n’ roll fan, and for years I thought, “One of these days I’d like to do an album mainly just for him, just to kind of do it.” When I got nominated, I thought, “Why not just go ahead and do it while the iron’s hot? Maybe have some of the greats, the legends of rock ‘n’ roll sing along with me.”

Additionally, Parton and her goddaughter Miley Cyrus are set to co-host the upcoming NBC New Year’s Eve special, dubbed Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party. 

Produced by Saturday Night Love creator and EP Lorne Michaels, the star-studded concert event will feature an A-list line up of musical performances and special guests, which have yet to be announced.

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party will air live on NBC from Miami on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET and will also stream live on Peacock.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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