Vonda Shortridge, Museum Director

The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center opened its doors in October 2004, providing a truly unique museum experience for music lovers. Stop by and take an interactive musical journey through the career of Dr. Ralph Stanley and the history of traditional mountain music right here where it all started - the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia.

Ralph Stanley’s music has touched and inspired fans worldwide, but you haven’t fully experienced his music until you’ve journeyed into the heart of Appalachia.

Preserving the Tradition

The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center continuously preserves and promotes Bluegrass music through workshops, seminars, and conventions. For workshop information and event schedules, check our events calendar – and come back often for updates! 

Our museum is also one of The Crooked Road venues, which is a Virginia Heritage Music Trail celebrating the unique musical heritage of the region.

Visiting the Museum

The Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center is located in a century-old four-story home currently under design renovation in Clintwood, Virginia. A two-bedroom lodging suite is located on the third floor of the museum. Click here to learn more.

Location & Directions
249 Main Street
Clintwood, VA 24228.

Click here for a map and turn-by-turn directions.

General Admission
Admission is $5.00 - we accept cash and major credit cards.

Open April 2nd - early December for the 2018 Season
Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Holiday Schedule
Closed on major holidays


Phone: (276) 926-8550 or (276) 926-5591
Fax: (276) 926-869

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 456, Clintwood, VA 24228


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