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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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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Rockville, MD
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Kingsport, Tennessee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

Employees not very informed as to what displays are even in the Museum. Geared mostly to the Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers. Names of members of the Bull Mounta in Moonshiners mis-spelled. Pictures and instruments of the group not even included in the Museum.Such pieces were donated to the BCMA in 2001.

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Senior Reviewer
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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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
71 helpful votes 71 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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45 reviews 45 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
1 review
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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