Dolly Parton Talks Plans for a Nashville Museum, Reiterates Decision to Retire From Touring

Dolly Parton: “We have the museum at Dollywood, of course, but I would love to have something here since this is really my home.”

Dolly Parton recently revealed that one museum isn’t enough – she’s planning to open a second to house her memorabilia. Chasing Rainbows is Parton’s first museum, and it’s located inside her euphonious theme park Dollywood near her native home in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Parton recently told The Tennessean that she would like to open a museum in Nashville within a couple of years.

“We have the museum at Dollywood, of course, but I would love to have something here since this is really my home,” Parton said. “And I may have a restaurant or a bar and grill. Right now, though, I’ve got so many things going. I can do without that for the moment. But someday, I will have a business here.”

Restaurants aren’t foreign territory for the East Tennessee native. Dollywood is brimming with Southern cooking that ranges from its famous cinnamon bread to crispy fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, a 25-pound apple pie, seasonal fare and more. The park continuously wins awards for its food, so Parton has a track record of knowing how to handle the flavorful side of the business.

While she’s busy now in that Parton is working on new music and launching a movie, she said that touring is one activity that won’t consume her time. As she and her husband, Carl, get older, she prefers to stay closer to home.

“I don’t see as much traveling or touring as I see performing,” Parton said. “I’ll be doing special things here and there, but I don’t want to tour that much anymore. I’ve done that. I don’t like being gone four to six weeks a year in order to do an overseas tour. … And that’s just a little long.”

She told Pollstar the same thing ahead of her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

“I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband,” she said. “Something could happen. I would not feel right about that if I were gone and somebody needed me. Or I would feel bad if I had to leave a tour if somebody got sick at home and needed me, and then I had to walk out on the fan(s).”

As for her movie, her fans can see what she’s been working on when “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas,” featuring Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom Everett Scott, Ana Gasteyer, Zach Williams and Jimmie Allen premieres December 1 on NBC.

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