Fans of the Allman Brothers Band can’t pass up a visit to the Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia. Members of the band, their friends and families, and roadies lived in the house from January 1970 to 1973. The house is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Adult admission is US$15.
There are thousands of pieces of memorabilia on display in the Big House Museum. Important items are noted on a sheet given at the front desk. Each piece of memorabilia is behind a glass display in different rooms of the house, starting in the parlor. This is where Dickey Betts often slept on a couch with his girlfriend, Sandy Blue Sky.
Fillmore East Room
Next is the Fillmore East Room, which highlights the band’s beginnings. Memorabilia in this room is from the original band members, including instruments, clothing, personal items, records, and much more. The band would rehearse in the Fillmore East Room.
Old Dining Room
The living room is where instruments, equipment, hand-written song lyrics, and phone books are on display. Dickey Betts wrote “Blue Sky” in the room.
Duane Allman’s Bedroom
After admiring the lower level, it’s finally time to head upstairs to see the band’s living quarters. First is Duane Allman’s bedroom, where his personal belongings are displayed as well as his posthumous award for being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Brittany Oakley’s Bedroom
Next is the bedroom of Brittany Oakley, the daughter of Berry Oakley and his wife, Linda. In the closet is the actual dress she wore on the back of the Brothers and Sisters album. Berry and Linda’s room follows.
The Casbah Room is where the band chilled out and listened to music. The infamous seven head shower is located in the room.
The last rooms upstairs are the roadie room and Candace Oakley and Gregg Allman’s room. The roadie room, which was originally Duane’s daughter Galadrielle’s nursery, contains a tribute to the band’s roadies. Candace and Gregg’s room contains concert posters and rare items.
Before leaving, the Big House Museum has a gift shop where you can purchase CDs and band memorabilia. Outside the back is a pavilion where performances are often given.