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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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Didn't want to leave!

This was a great, fun experience. The films are inviting and lots of hands on experiences. Don't pass up the opportunity to record with your friends in the little sound booth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a great, fun experience. The films are inviting and lots of hands on experiences. Don't pass up the opportunity to record with your friends in the little sound booth. Really enjoyed the Will the Circle Be Unbroken film. Larry showed us around and pointed out the highlights. I really didn't want to leave.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How excellent is this experience? I hesitate to call it a museum (although it is) because it is SO much more. The story of the Bristol Sessions is told through film and interactive exhibits and is totally enthralling. Who knew that this small Virginia town had such an important part to play in music history? There is a performing theatre... More 

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Bristol, Virginia
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not a country music fan but these guys have a lot of great history stories to listen to on headphones, small room audio visuals and plenty of showcases and pictures.

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Bristol, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you don't classify yourself as a country music fan, you will find something here that interests you! The informational films are wonderful and the interactive displays are educational as well as fun. The special exhibits change out periodically so be sure to check out their website to see what's going on. There is a state of the art... More 

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Piney Flats, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Top quality museum. History, memorabilia, music, interaction, guides, gorgeous displays, museum store, and on and on. We will definitely be back. It will be new again !!!!!

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Good mix of displays to keep your interest. Lots of videos and opportunities to listen to music. I enjoyed learning about the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and the impact they had on country and bluegrass music. Not a destination place, but definitely worth going to if you're in the area. Fantastic gift shop! Allow 1-2 hours.

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Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The BCMM is a really accurate and comprehensive treatment of the early and current history of this music that originated in this area, the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The museum is tasteful and very accessible to short and more lengthy visits. The music and video presentations are exceptionally well done.

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Grove City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to the Museum. So much to see and experience here. Really enjoyed the special room on Tennessee Ernie Ford. The staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. The have an elevator for those of us that have trouble with stairs.

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Arnold, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We stopped by this museum on our way to Tennesee to visit some of the iconic country music locations there. What a great place to start our country music history tour. This place was absolutely amazing for its content and quality.

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1 Thank Rob M
Brewster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

You think you know a little bit about music, or maybe about country music. No matter how much you know, you'll probably discover something new here. The types of instruments on display really wowed me, as did the many videos, demonstrating their use and music overall. The history of the early recording industry was also great fun to learn about.

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