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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Bristol
Type: Specialty Museums
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Concord, New Hampshire
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22 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

a museum based upon the Bristol recording sessions of the 1920's...just some great old voices and tunes. currently with a special exhibit of the Carter family. this is a very unique, interactive museum which give you a chance to listen to the original sessions, mix your own tunes and see videos of some of the original (and current) performers. housed... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

So well done. Never knew how relevant this part of the country and it's music was to our heritage and country. A very cleverly done museum with easy to understand exhibits. Also the Main Street nearby separated by the TN and VA state line has great shopping and places to eat.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We visited this museum a couple weekends ago and I thoroughly enjoyed it! My granddad taught me the songs of the Carter Family (who are prominently featured in the museum) and I've enjoyed them ever since. Such simplicity and heritage! If you appreciate old time music and history you should definitely check it out. It is beautifully arranged and so... More

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Bristol, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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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8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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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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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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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