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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Address: 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
Phone Number: 423.573.1927
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Bristol
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Stevens
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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176 reviews 176 reviews
22 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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Beaufort, South Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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