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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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Brenda F
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Bluff City
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Bluff City
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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Thank Brenda F
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Thank EllaGay
Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is really for those interested in the country music of the early 1900s but there was enough for others like me with a passing interest. The staff made this an enjoyable visit with their knowledge and ability to explain things clearly.

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum tells the history of how country music got started right there in Bristol with a recording session in 1927. Lots of text panels to read and lots of listening and video viewing opportunities. It was very easy to find and plenty of free parking in the area. One block over were restaurants and stores. Staff was very knowledgeable... More 

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Islamorada, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum uses the "Bristol Sessions" as the focal point for an exploration of the evolution of country music and related genres. In addition to the static exhibits there are several video and audio presentations that demonstrate how country music was first popularized broadly, and how it has evolved since then. There is even a mini studio where, in private,... More 

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Blountville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a hidden gem in the heart of Bristol! Beautiful job on giving the history of a 10 day recording session back in 1927 where the birth of Country Music was born. Enjoyed the exhibits, music and learning the history of the Birthplace of Country Music. Small museum, very doable in an hour or two and complete it with a... More 

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Duarte, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is very well done but it is more a listening museum then a visual museum. It was fun hearing same song done by different artists. Lot of effort went into the museum but I was a bit dissappointed and hoping to see more articles and instruments.

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Thank Sue B
Greenville, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

So this was a waste of time and money overall. 70 year olds would probably give it three stars, but teens hated it and I tolerated it!

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I really didn't think I wanted to visit this museum, but I was wrong. It was well worth the time and money to visit. I would recommend it to anyone in the area.

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