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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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Great museum!

Great museum! It shows how a single event, The Bristol Sessions, rippled for years to come in the... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Waldorf, MD
Very informative

We were in the area and stopped on a whim and ended up staying 2.5 hours. Learned a lot about the... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
Leonard F
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
+1 423-573-1927
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Great museum! It shows how a single event, The Bristol Sessions, rippled for years to come in the country music landscape.Well done with lots of displays, movies and listening exhibits.

Thank dsrdsr1
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

We were in the area and stopped on a whim and ended up staying 2.5 hours. Learned a lot about the history of Country Music and the instruments used as well as recording technology. It was very informative and a nice break from the cold...More

Thank Leonard F
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this in Bristol and spent over an hour meandering through the halls of pictures and historical facts, antique instruments. Very informative short movie. If you’re interested in the beginnings of Southern Gospel and Country music, you will enjoy this museum.

Thank churchmusiclover
Reviewed 17 November 2017

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 10 November 2017

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

Thank regal00
Reviewed 6 November 2017 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 27 October 2017

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 23 October 2017

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
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Response from ripfortwo | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $13.00 each adult ticket.
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Response from Brad D | Reviewed this property |
Check their website - it's totally worth it. Great museum!
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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