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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
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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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A Great Museum!

This is a must see if you are a country music fan and in the Bristol area. My wife and I visited the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in July. We enjoyed the exibits. My wife... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
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McSherrystown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must see if you are a country music fan and in the Bristol area. My wife and I visited the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in July. We enjoyed the exibits. My wife really enjoyed the mock recording studio where you can sing along with a track from the Bristol sessions. The staff was very helpful and... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm in Bristol on a business trip and decided to use my day off to explore and learn a little bit of history. I was surprised to learn how the recording sessions held here in Bristol changed how people listen to country music. The museum is small but has great videos and interactive stations. If you love country music this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited here last month (July 2016) and absolutely loved it. There is plenty of nearby parking and the building itself is beautiful. Just inside are friendly and informative staff who will get you set on your way. There is usually a rolling exhibit on the first floor that you'll be able to enjoy so this may... More 

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Bristol, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An informative visit! The museum has a section that changes themes every few months in addition to the exhibits pertaining to the Birthplace of Country Music! I have been several times, and plan to visit again later this year. Each visit will broaden your knowledge of how recording of music began here in Bristol. I highly recommend including a visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent about 2.5 hours learning about country music heritage. I recommend for kids over 12. Will definitely go back.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interactive, educational,very well done! Loved the unbroken circle exhibit. Our 9 year old loved recording his songs in the karaoke booth and playing them back. We even were in the audience for a live radio broadcast.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really well done museum with super friendly & helpful volunteers. Take the time to watch the video presentations.

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Bluff City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is truly a museum showing country music from its earliest days. Each area is remarkable in its history showing the birth through modern day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

There is a traveling exhibit that rotates every 6 mths on main floor. Interesting but the real treat is upstairs! You can tour at your pace. There are interactive displays, videos that constantly loop, helpful staff, and a souvenir shop. We will definitely go again.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This was a side trip from our visit to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. We are not huge fans of country music but we do appreciate the history of American culture. Enter with an open mind and you will receive an education about an important era when country music met modern recording techniques and Appalachian music entered the popular... More 

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