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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
+1 423-573-1927
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Far exceeded expectations

In spite of the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, I did not have high expectations for this small... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Enjoyed the education of where Country Music got it's start.

Nice museum to visit if you like Country Music. Not too thrilled about the high admission price... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
+1 423-573-1927
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In spite of the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, I did not have high expectations for this small museum. The experience begins with a short film narrated by John Carter Cash (yes, that Carter and Cash family), and includes three other segments in which the original...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice museum to visit if you like Country Music. Not too thrilled about the high admission price (especially for Seniors).

Thank regal00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm glad we visited. Staff was super friendly and knowledgable. Museum was interesting and has a theater room when you begin to give some background about the Bristol Sessions. If you have been to the Country Music Hall of Fame, this is nothing compared to...More

Thank carriebwthlowe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We learned about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum online and decided to go. What a great place to learn about our music heritage. We didn't know that country music evolved from music sang in the mountains and is often called hillbilly music. We loved...More

Thank Monique D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Extraordinarily well presented multi-media presentations explain the 1927 Bristol recording sessions in the context of both their era and their effect on subsequent American music. Three documentary films plus a number of interactive displays supplement the historic photographs and instruments on display. One of the...More

1  Thank danielle m
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We were very surprised at the amount of history in the Museum. A great place to visit to learn about the original Country Music and how it came to be so popular. It was very interesting to read about how the music was recorded in...More

1  Thank Roger P
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Just the right sized museum so you get enough without getting overloaded. Good mix of media - visual, audio, written. Tells the story with a mixture of old and new music and words. Excellent local crafts in the museum store as well

1  Thank Nellie858
Reviewed 3 October 2017

It was interesting to find out that Bristol is the birthplace of country music. There is a short, 13 minute, film explaining how and why Bristol is the birth place of country music. There are many exhibits, both an operating radio station and recording room,...More

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 11 September 2017

we enjoyed our trip here. There are some very interesting exipits and you can go into a booth a record you voice singing with a Carter family song

Thank gflem
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I'm not a huge country music fan; however, the history of the genre drew me in. The three short films we viewed gave great background into the exhibits; while I enjoyed them all, the one with the four musicians duplicating some of the styles of...More

2  Thank areader2013
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Anthony D
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Response from ripfortwo | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $13.00 each adult ticket.
Anthony D
2 August 2016|
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Response from Brad D | Reviewed this property |
Check their website - it's totally worth it. Great museum!
25 June 2015|
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Response from TraceyC5 | Reviewed this property |
LOCATION 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way Bristol, VA 24201 If you are unable to find this address in your GPS, use the old street address: 520 Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA 24201. The museum is located at the corner... More