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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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Address: 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
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+1 423-573-1927
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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A True Gem, Country Music took off from here

An affiliate of the Smithsonian, this museum is truly worth visiting. It excellently portrays the beginnings of country music, the part Bristol played, up to today. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An affiliate of the Smithsonian, this museum is truly worth visiting. It excellently portrays the beginnings of country music, the part Bristol played, up to today. The historical video and audio, the technology, the artists, are all woven into an excellent history of the genre. It complements Nashville, not compete. If you are in to Country Music or early radio... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is state of the art. It’s well organized, packed with information, and interactive too (singing)! I asked a staff member to direct me to the #1 selling gift shop CD and she showed me “The Bristol Sessions,” which features song selections from all of the artists who participated in the 1927 recording sessions in Bristol. Johnny Cash called... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is built around a very specific event in country music history, (the Bristol Sessions.) However, it also shows the regional connections to American music. The displays will introduce the novice, and engage those with more serious interests. Top-notch interactive museology at work here!

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Bristol, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Our car club did a group tour of the museum. It has so much information about country music and how this area was such a starting point for many musicians.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is a gem of a museum. It's one of the most cohesive and well curated museums I've been to. It's primary focus is Bristol Sessions... a pivotal recording session that launched the careers of JImmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. But the museum gives really interesting cultural context about what set the stage for... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Took a day trip to Bristol and came to this museum without knowing much about it. We were all surprised at how fascinating it was. It's affiliated with the Smithsonian and really dives deep into the roots of country music, mountain music, and gospel. Great videos and interactive exhibits. I'd recommend it for anyone who loves music. Good for kids... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here. Fascinating to learn about the history of this region's music. The museum is new and quite pristine. All the worker and volunteers are knowledgeable and helpful with any questions you may have.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

I toured the museum and found it to be fascinating. Lots of informative films with legends in the music world. Changing exhibits keep the museum fresh. Interactive stations where you can choose how the music sounds according to your preference. I liked the Ernie Ford exhibit because my family watched his show when was a kid. There is something for... More 

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Bristol, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 20 November 2016

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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