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Address: 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
Phone Number: 423.573.1927
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For all music lovers

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Hillsville, Virginia
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Hillsville, Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Round Rock, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This Smithsonian Affiliate Museum is very well done. I was pleased to learn about the Bristol Sessions that took place in 1927. The Carter Family and Jimmie Rogers were part of the recordings. The Library of Congress ranks the Bristol Sessions among the 50 most significant sound recording events of all time. Allow at least four hours to listen and... More 

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Bristol, Tennessee
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This museum is fantastic! It is a newly-built, two story structure. My fiance and I toured the place as a potential wedding reception venue... Let me say, the people are extremely kind and the the museum displays are very engaging. I particularly enjoy the Johnny Cash section :) There is a sound-proof booth for singing, seats to watch videos, buttons... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

If you like country/bluegrass/mountain music, put this on your bucket list! We decided to stop in Bristol just to break up a drive to Nashville. So I googled the town and discovered this museum (only opened in August 2014). What a bonus! It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian and has that level of quality. The focus is the 1927... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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Bristol, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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