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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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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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falkirk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

What a brilliant place, all new with lots to see and great to listen to the history of country music. Situated in Bristol, what a place totaly music , music, music all over this town, again brilliant.

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asheville, nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

New museum has multimedia exhibits of performers and technology which started the recorded music of Appalachia.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We stopped in passing through VA. Glad we did! Really unexpected pleasure... Enjoyed all the features. Learned something about the start of country music that I had no idea of. This must be a hit with school trips! Interactive fun ... If you like music, check it out! Employees were super friendly and helpful.

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Daniels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Awesome place! My great-grandfather is represented in this museum. They have done a wonderful job making it interactive and fun. It is in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.

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Hillsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We only live 1.5 hours away and have heard about the museum since it opened in 2014, and we were anxious to visit. It was well worth the time and money. The museum is modern and very clean. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian. It is an interactive museum. The focus... More 

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Penn Yan, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

This new museum is a must see for all music lovers, all genres! Affiliated with the Smithsonian, it is an interactive visit to the early recording days of American music. A great attraction!

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Additional Information about Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Address: 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
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