Artifacts on loan to the museum include:
- 1997 Martin Model D-40DM Don McLean signature acoustic guitar (#7 only 71 built). McLean has toured with the guitar since 1999 and it was played on the ‘Starry, Starry Night’ PBS TV special the same year. That special was also released as a CD/DVD and features Garth Brooks and Nancy Griffith.
- A selection from complete, never before seen manuscript pages inclusive “Vincent” (Starry, Starry Night) which McLean wrote as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. These are the original pages on which the song was composed, numbering over a dozen. They were written on the colored legal-sized paper McLean used for the “American Pie” composition manuscript, on display as a color photo static copy, and which sold in 2015 for $1.2 million dollars at Christie’s Auction House. Both songs were composed in 1970 and both manuscripts show numerous cross outs and other ideas which did not appear in the final songs.
Items on display in the museum’s long-time, permanent exhibition, “Sing Me Back Home,” are updated frequently. By regularly rotating displays, the museum fers a glimpse into its unique collection over 2.5 million artifacts, which includes recorded discs; historical photographs; films and videotapes; thousands posters; books; songbooks; periodicals and sheet music; personal artifacts such as performers’ instruments, costumes and accessories; and more. Recent rotating displays in “Sing Me Back Home” have featured John Anderson, Bob Moore, Ray Stevens and Keith Whitley.