The Big House Museum

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.

The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

The Big House Museum

Front door at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Front door

 

Parlor

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.

Parlor at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Parlor

 

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.

Fillmore East Room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Fillmore East Room

Fillmore East Room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Fillmore East Room

Fillmore East Room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Fillmore East Room

Fillmore East Room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Fillmore East Room

 

Old Dining Room

The tour continues in the old dining room, where Gregg Allman and Cher’s pool table sits in the center. Items from 1973 to the present are on display there.

Old dining room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Old dining room

 

Living 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.

Living room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Living room

Lyrics to Midnight Rider at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Lyrics to Midnight Rider

 

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.

Duane Allman's bedroom at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Duane Allman’s bedroom

Duane Allman's jacket and guitar at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Duane Allman’s jacket and guitar

 

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.

Brittany Oakley's bedroom at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Brittany Oakley’s bedroom

Dress from Brothers and Sisters at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Dress from Brothers and Sisters

Berry and Linda Oakley's bedroom at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Berry and Linda Oakley’s bedroom

 

Casbah Room

The Casbah Room is where the band chilled out and listened to music. The infamous seven head shower is located in the room.

Casbah Room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Casbah Room

Casbah Room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Casbah Room

Seven headed shower at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Seven headed shower

 

Roadie 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.

Roadie room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Roadie room

Candace Oakley and Gregg Allman's room at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Candace Oakley and Gregg Allman’s room

 

Kitchen

Heading back downstairs, the kitchen has a table from H&H Restaurant, where the band often had their meals. It’s also where Dickey Betts wrote Ramblin’ Man. His guitar is on display there.

Kitchen at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Kitchen

Dickey Betts' guitar at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Dickey Betts’ guitar

 

Gift Shop

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.

Pavilion at The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia

Pavilion

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