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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
423.573.4898
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Bristol
Type: Specialty Museums
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Bristol, Virginia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I am so impressed, pleased and proud of Bristol! This museum is very well done. Well worth the money. If you haven't been...go!

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Daniels, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

My wifes Great Grandfather Alfred Karnes was involved in the Bristol Sessions and had several of his recordings on display. My wife and I were invited as a VIP to tour this building and were amazed at how professionally this was done. We were able to meet several family members who also had members that played during the sessions. If... More

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

I was aware that the BCM stresses the 'big bang' of country music, but was very pleasantly surprised that the details of all early music recording, regional history and many details of all were very well explained and shown. LOVED all exhibits, didn't have enough time to do all at 1 hour. Will go back. Sing along booth was amazing,... More

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Bristol, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

As someone who doesn't care for country music, this place was amazing. The music history of Bristol is so rich, and this is the perfect showcase for it. The museum has done an outstanding job of connecting the near 100 years of history to the present, and it is made accessible through modern technology. As some who has lived in... More

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VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The exhibits were interesting and visitor friendly. There was something here for everyone - interactive exhibits, films, historical facts, and even a recording booth! It took us about 2 - 3 hours to go through the museum.

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Tampa, Florida
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Bristol is very proud to call itself the "birthplace of country music", a worthy title given the quality of this new museum. Those deciding to tour this facility will not be disappointed. The exhibits are remarkable; opportunities for interaction abound (you can mix a song and record your own version); and the multimedia exhibits are stunning. If you are in... More

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

We drove down to Bristol from New York and were in awe at what was done to this building to make it a state-of-the-art museum. It was interactive and really informative. My daughter plays ukulele and loves country music (age 11)....she found it as appealing as we did. The museum hosts were wonderful. They were knowledgeable about the venue, surrounding... More

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Dixon, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were there on opening day for what is now called The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in downtown Bristol, VA, and learned a lot about the origins & evolution of Country Music. There were lots of interactive displays and an insightful video with four musicians who discussed & demonstrated the various playing styles of the first Country Music artists... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, just opened last week. We arrived at 10:00 when it opened on a rainy morning and had the place to ourselves. So many touch screens and movies and music to listen to. We spent over 2-1/2 hours perusing & touching everything. Great fun.

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Honaker, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you want to find out what the history of a region is, and tastefully done, and you have an interest in finding out about the folks in Appalachia, this is your stop. Its a Smithsonian museum, and done the best you will find, if the word "museum" turns you away....forget it, this place will capture you with site, and... More

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