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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
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

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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We loved going to this place it had a lot of interesting stuff about music in general but we loved the recording studio in there and we loved the movies and my favorite was the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved going to this place it had a lot of interesting stuff about music in general but we loved the recording studio in there and we loved the movies and my favorite was the little chapel and the music playing there and the circle video topped it off loved it..

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Pigeon Forge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous place to visit. So much history about this area and the birth of country music. The staff is friendly and very helpful.

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Brunswick, Md.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw a 'brown sign' as we were traveling along Highway 81. So glad we stopped to visit this museum. Surely worth the visit. Very friendly folks to greet us. We found it to be very informative and had a lot of videos to watch (all short ones). A wonderful gift shop with nice quality of locally made artisan products.

2 Thank Vicki A
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the museum. Kids didn't really want to read some of the info and were wanting to go ahead. Would like to go back so I could go along at my own pace. Loved all the history and old instruments on display. Museum is immaculate and very nice.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

This lovely museum, opened in 2014, showcases the history and legacy of Country Music in Bristol and the Southeaster US. There are wonderful interactive exhibits that invite you to really enter into a special era in Music History. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable. No trip to Bristol is complete without a lengthy stop at this fine museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

We went in side to cool off and look at gifts. We ended up going thru the whole musem and didn't see it all. We want to go back and soak up more. We loved the first video on the history of country music and then we're free to ramble at your own pace. We ended up sitting in on... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This museum provides an excellent explanation of how country music became known and appreciated outside of the Bristol area.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016 via mobile

Hats off to the curators: this is one of the best-executed music history museums in the world. The focus on the Bristol 1927 recording sessions and what came out of them enabled the curators to create several interactive exhibits that enable visitors to approach the subject from different angles and learn a lot in the process. The videos are very... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Very expensive- 28 dollars for seniors! Too much walking and standing. I did not learn very much new info at this museum. Needs help! There is an elevator!

1 Thank rednets2016
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

The staff is not nice and the museum is not entertaining. I got bored really quickly. Overall the place was..... not a very fun place for kids or adults.

1 Thank Mary Catherine M

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