Macon, GA – The first day of my road trip to Warner Robins and Macon was about military aviation; the second day was about music, more specifically The Big House – the Allman Brothers Band Museum. I’ve been wanting to visit the Big House for a long time and after the band played their last show a few months ago that desire only grew stronger. Growing up in the south, I’d always heard the Allman Brothers Band’s music but it wasn’t until I was in high school in the late 80’s that I fell in love with their music. I started drifting away from the heavy metal of my peers and listening to the Allman Brothers as their renaissance began. This led me to move backwards through their catalog and eventually led me to get their box set “Dreams.” Their fusion of rock, blues, jazz and more struck a chord with me and ever since the Allman Brothers Band has been my favorite band. It was with excitement and anticipation that I came up to Macon from Warner Robins and drove down Vineville Avenue to #2321. I wasn’t disappointed…
Why does this house hold so much importance for the Allman Brothers Band and why does it mean so much to the fans who come to Macon to visit it? The museum’s website says it all:
The Big House is at 2321 Vineville Avenue, Macon, GA. In 1969 it was for rent, and by January 1970, it became the house where members of the band, their roadies, friends and families lived until 1973. It was the focal point of gathering in those early years when the magic that is the Allman Brothers Band was just taking shape and radiating from this sleepy Southern town.
2321 Vineville was an important part of the formative years of the band. One can only imagine all of the music that was born in this house and all that its walls heard. The museum staff say that only about 30-40% of what the museum has is on display and that it changes from time to time, so it’s a museum that deserves revisiting. What they have on display is amazing. I toured the museum awestruck; there is so much to see, from instruments and equipment to clothes and mementos with everything in between. (Please excuse the photos below, the museum rightly doesn’t allow flash photography so I used my phone’s camera with no flash – as a result some of the photos are blurry/fuzzy.)
The Big House is an amazing museum to visit, it was truly an experience. Not only are there so many amazing things to see, the museum staff is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly; you truly feel like you’re among friends while you visit. It’s open from 11am-6pm and tickets are just $3.75, a very low price for what there is to see. If you are an Allman Brothers Band fan the Big House is a must see. Even if you just love music, the museum is a must see if you find yourself in or near Macon. This may have been my first visit, but it surely won’t be my last!