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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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Silverthorne, Colorado
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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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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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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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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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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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Moon Township, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Very nicely done museum, this is a very informative display and well worth the stop, staff was very friendly and helpfull

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Hoover, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Bristol Recording Sessions held by Ralph Peer of Victor Talking Machine Company held for two weeks in Bristol, VA in 1927 are considered the genesis of what we now know as country music. The two major performers to emerge from the 19 artists that recorded 76 songs were Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter family. The Birthplace of Country Music... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

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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