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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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Address: 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
Phone Number: +1 423-573-1927
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Birthplace of Country Music(R) Museum, in affiliation with the...

The Birthplace of Country Music(R) Museum, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of our musical heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world.

The 24,000 square foot facility, located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music(R) Way in Historic Downtown Bristol, houses 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, a rotating exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations, multiple theater experiences, and interactive, technology-infused media.BCMM also hosts live, year-round performances and educational programming.

The museum is a must see for visitors seeking comprehensive knowledge of the music of our region and Bristol's important role in the evolution of recorded music history.

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Unique experience!

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum provides a unique experience for those of all ages. You experience a blast from the past, while also discovering new local musicians. They... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Bristol, Virginia
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Bristol, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum provides a unique experience for those of all ages. You experience a blast from the past, while also discovering new local musicians. They have a wonderful museum with great displays and a beautiful gift shop.

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Radford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place to visit... I learned so much about the history of country music and why it has such an enormous impact on music today. The museum has so many excellent video stories and audio opportunities to listen to music artists. Many different instruments are displayed along with interesting explanations for each. The gift shop manager says they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caleb Klauder Country Band put on an honest to God real show here this evening. The museum is solid and the history is real. Bristol has an opportunity to establish a venue for the hometown to be proud of. Courage.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We loved going to this place it had a lot of interesting stuff about music in general but we loved the recording studio in there and we loved the movies and my favorite was the little chapel and the music playing there and the circle video topped it off loved it..

1 Thank rpruitt4
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A fabulous place to visit. So much history about this area and the birth of country music. The staff is friendly and very helpful.

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Brunswick, Md.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We saw a 'brown sign' as we were traveling along Highway 81. So glad we stopped to visit this museum. Surely worth the visit. Very friendly folks to greet us. We found it to be very informative and had a lot of videos to watch (all short ones). A wonderful gift shop with nice quality of locally made artisan products.

3 Thank Vicki A
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Loved the museum. Kids didn't really want to read some of the info and were wanting to go ahead. Would like to go back so I could go along at my own pace. Loved all the history and old instruments on display. Museum is immaculate and very nice.

1 Thank forekids
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This lovely museum, opened in 2014, showcases the history and legacy of Country Music in Bristol and the Southeaster US. There are wonderful interactive exhibits that invite you to really enter into a special era in Music History. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. No trip to Bristol is complete without a lengthy stop at this fine museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

We went in side to cool off and look at gifts. We ended up going thru the whole musem and didn't see it all. We want to go back and soak up more. We loved the first video on the history of country music and then we're free to ramble at your own pace. We ended up sitting in on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This museum provides an excellent explanation of how country music became known and appreciated outside of the Bristol area.

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