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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: 423.573.1927
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A True Treasure

This Smithsonian Affiliate Museum is very well done. I was pleased to learn about the Bristol Sessions that took place in 1927. The Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers were part of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Round Rock, Texas
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Round Rock, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This Smithsonian Affiliate Museum is very well done. I was pleased to learn about the Bristol Sessions that took place in 1927. The Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers were part of the recordings. The Library of Congress ranks the Bristol Sessions among the 50 most significant sound recording events of all time. Allow at least four hours to listen and... More 

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Bristol, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is fantastic! It is a newly-built, two story structure. My fiance and I toured the place as a potential wedding reception venue... Let me say, the people are extremely kind and the the museum displays are very engaging. I particularly enjoy the Johnny Cash section :) There is a sound-proof booth for singing, seats to watch videos, buttons... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

If you like country/bluegrass/mountain music, put this on your bucket list! We decided to stop in Bristol just to break up a drive to Nashville. So I googled the town and discovered this museum (only opened in August 2014). What a bonus! It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and has that level of quality. The focus is the 1927... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This museum is an excellent resource for locals and tourists alike! The staff/volunteers are incredibly passionate about what they are doing and your experience at the museum. There are a ton of things to do so give yourself plenty of time to visit.

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Bristol, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I am not technically qualified in music. The guests I bought are. They were blown away by the museum. I found the history in conjunction with the equipment interesting. Bristol scored a home run with this.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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195 reviews 195 reviews
61 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Ok, tons of information and some interactive displays. Not much memorabilia on display but understandably so as much of the original instruments etc were not preserved. Lots of display panels so make sure you have time to read. My only issue is the admission is a little high for a museum with just information, I understand the cost of the... More 

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Rockville, MD
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We were traveling with musicians, so this was a must see. We arrived late in the day thinking two hours would be plenty. Not even close. This place was a blast. They have a sound booth to sing along with early recordings that we kept rocking. Seeing all the historic instruments close enough to touch was really moving. Don't sing... More 

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Stevens
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you love country music, it is worth your time to visit this museum. Some of the country's earliest recordings were done in Bristol between 1927-1929. They captured the Era perfectly and the flow of the displays is easy to follow. Lots of info and good interactive components using modern technology allow you to be in touch with a period... More 

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Bristol, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

What I loved most was listening to the first hand accounts of this moment in time. Hearing Ralph Peer's voice talk about the 1927 recordings makes what seems like a lost memory become alive and active. The museum begs for a return visit due to sheer amount of info and interactive videos. I know I'll be coming back soon!

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This is a great museum. I thought I knew a lot about Country Music, but this taught me a more. I especially liked listening to all the old songs from the early days. You can put on headphones and pick what song you would like to hear. Also very interesting videos to watch. Very nicely done Museum and easy to... More 

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