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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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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... read more

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A special place, associated with the Smithsonian. We enjoyed the films, the displays, the theatre setting and how the technology enhances it all. The staff were very friendly and genuinely happy we were there. The museum is located in a downtown area but not a crowded area. It is across the street from their Veterans Memorail Park, and also a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Totally worth going to visit. Being a music lover you appreciate so much when music come from. Right in the heart of Bristol. Staff is super nice! There was a live band the day we went and the staff kindly offered us to go in and enjoy the concert even though we didn't have tickets. The band was really good!... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The events that took place 1927 in Bristol is where country music took its first steps and help launch the careers of country music's First Family, the Carter family and Jimmie Rodgers. The film at the museum is a wonderful introduction to the beginnings of this genre of music. Excellent museum.

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brooksville, fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Remarkable what this organization has done with an old warehouse building in Bristol! The design and exhibits are first class. Lots of interactive exhibits. There was a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian when we were there and it was impressive. If you are a country music fan you must visit. and southwest Virginia is beautiful.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

While visiting friends, they asked if we would like to go to a museum of country music. Although neither my wife nor I regularly listen to country music, we both like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and a few other country singers. So we said sure. And we are very glad that we did. The museum does what all of the... More 

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Additional Information about Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Address: 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
Phone Number: +1 423-573-1927
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Bristol
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 13 - 13

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