The Allman Brothers Band Museum
A Georgia music staple, The Allman Brothers Band was formed in March 1969 by legendary guitarist Duane Allman. An offer to sign with Capricorn Records brought the band to beautiful Macon, GA. Duane and his fellow band mates--brother Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe Johnson and Berry Oakley--combined a wicked brew of blues, rock, jazz and country into a new musical genre, which would come to be known around the world as "Southern Rock."
In January 1970, Linda Oakley put on her best Susie Homemaker dress and met a realtor to see a large Tudor-style house in the quiet Vineville area, hoping to make it a home for husband Allman Brothers Band guitarist Berry and their baby daughter. Shortly thereafter, Allman brothers Duane and Gregg moved it as well. The residence would affectionately become known as "The Big House," and it became the place where band members, along with their roadies, friends and families would call home until 1973.
It was the band’s gathering place, rehearsal hall, jumpoff for Georgia nightlife, respite from long trips on the road, and the true center of the band's activities during those early years. In 2010 the house was reopened as the only music museum in the nation to be housed in a band’s former residence. And today, the Big House has been restored as an Allman Brothers Band Museum, showcasing guitars and other musical instruments, clothing, photos, posters, gold records, a vast collection of memorabilia and state of the art technology; and ABB ever lives on as firebrand innovators in GA music history.
The Allman Brothers Band Big House Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, 11am – 6pm.
Admission for adults is $8; for Seniors/Military, $6; and for Children (3-10), $4. The Big House Museum and Grounds are also available for rental as a unique Macon GA event venue; please call for details.
The Big House: Allman Brothers Band Museum
2321 Vineville Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31204