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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
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: 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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Great museum documenting traditional country & bluegrass music and its roots!

The museum not only documents traditional country & bluegrass music and its roots, but also the origin back in 1927 with the Bristol Sessions. Many interactive displays plus a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Enterprise, NV.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The museum not only documents traditional country & bluegrass music and its roots, but also the origin back in 1927 with the Bristol Sessions. Many interactive displays plus a short film narrated by John Carter Cash. If you are interested in how country music and bluegrass got started, this is a must see! Staff was particularly helpful. The big bonus,... More 

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Plainville, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

There was so much energy here! The music could be heard all over the area, which gave the whole city a great feel. Great place for country music lovers!

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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We went to Bristol because one grandson wanted to say he had been to Tennessee. But Bristol spans the state line with Virginia, and the museum used to be on the Tennessee side of State Street. Now it is a couple blocks away on the Virginia side. It has been open a little over a year as I write this... More 

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New Market, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We were nearby on our way to another spot on our vacation agenda when we saw the brochure and decided to check it out. It was a highlight of our entire trip! The experience was wonderful. We both enjoy old time, bluegrass, gospel and country music and we were delighted with this unique and thoughtful historical presentation. Turns out that... More 

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southcentral wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Don't have to be an expert in country music to enjoy it but the more you know the better it is. 9 y/o enjoyed the music but little too much info. My husband and I would have spent more time with the different areas. staff were lovely. Bristol was a little out of our way but worth the trip.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Being an overly passionate lover of music and music history, I was shocked at how little I knew about the birth of country music. It's so much bigger than the Carter family. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian, and is an absolute must-see for first-timers to southwest Virginia. The exhibits are very modern and highly informative. The gift shop... More 

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I am local and I basically took this addition to our community for granted. A friend wanted to go, so I took her. WOW!! this is an amazing space. The history of the genre and the people who who created it is awesome. The entire space is filled with interactive and educational exhibits, There is a performance space, gift shop,... More 

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Denton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great place to visit and learn about how country music started. Has a lot of hands on exhibits. Price of admission is very reasonable and worth every penny. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. If in the Bristol area, don't miss it!

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Billings, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Definitely worth the visit so much history is shared at this museum. Be sure to watch the short movie in the train station. Many hands on activities. My kids loved the recording studio and making their own songs.

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Went there during our family road trip. Since it was raining heavy and there is not much to do with kids in Bristol my husband persuaded us to go here. Reluctantly we agreed and to our surprise loved the place and spend 2 1/2 h in it. There is lots of information to read, but also films with historic context... More 

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