The Museum at Capricorn has been living in Jared Wright’s head for the better part of a decade.
While the old Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon, Georgia, has been under various ownership over the years, the intent was always to have some sort of exhibit and museum space. But it wasn’t until Mercer University got involved with the project that the idea would become a reality.
“I’ve been researching and writing and doing all that exhibit preparation for so long,” said Wright, a Macon-based curator and archivist who has been working on the project for about 10 years. “I can’t wait to see what it’s actually going to look like.”
That day is almost here. After a Dec. 2-3 grand opening, the Museum at Capricorn will officially open to the public on Jan. 2 as part of the larger Mercer Music at Capricorn. In addition to the museum, the nearly 20,000-square-foot complex will feature recording studios and a music incubator, as well as offices, co-working space and meeting rooms.
The original Capricorn Sound Studios defined the Southern rock genre of the 1970s, birthing legends such as the Allman Brothers Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Charlie Daniels Band, Wet Willie, Elvin Bishop and many others. The new Mercer Music at Capricorn will build on and celebrate that legacy.
The 1,200-square-foot Museum at Capricorn will feature artifacts, murals and interactive digital kiosks.
The interpretive area will explore various themes in Capricorn’s history, beginning with soul music.