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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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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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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If you at all appreciate country or bluegrass music or the history of American music this is a must stop. We spent a couple hours checking out the exhibits & watching interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Roger B
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Dakota Dunes, South Dakota
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you at all appreciate country or bluegrass music or the history of American music this is a must stop. We spent a couple hours checking out the exhibits & watching interesting videos. A lot of interesting history of just how our country's music developed over time. And the beginning of recording it, all started in Bristol!

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Silver Spring
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has already received so many well-deserved great reviews we wondered if there was really anything we might add. We ultimately concluded that there was one point that some earlier reviewers had mentioned but that was worth a bit more emphasis, namely the excellent job that the curators have done with putting the Bristol sessions in their cultural and... More 

1 Thank JeffandElaine
Bluff City
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum takes you from the original musicians of years ago to the present. Videos exhibits photos help you live country music from its origination.

1 Thank Brenda F
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

This museum is a credit to all genres of traditional music of Mid-Appalachia. The exhibits are very well executed and reflect the origins and development of our muslc and culture.

1 Thank Rufus M
Fair Oaks, California
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

We were driving from Asheville, NC to Charlottesville, VA when we saw the sign for this museum on the highway. We enjoy many types of music and are familiar with the Carter family from the excellent documentary The Winding Stream, so we decided to turn off and check it out. What a GREAT surprise! The museum is a Smithsonian affiliate,... More 

1 Thank Marie607
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

An affiliate of the Smithsonian, this museum is truly worth visiting. It excellently portrays the beginnings of country music, the part Bristol played, up to today. The historical video and audio, the technology, the artists, are all woven into an excellent history of the genre. It complements Nashville, not compete. If you are in to Country Music or early radio... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

This museum is state of the art. It’s well organized, packed with information, and interactive too (singing)! I asked a staff member to direct me to the #1 selling gift shop CD and she showed me “The Bristol Sessions,” which features song selections from all of the artists who participated in the 1927 recording sessions in Bristol. Johnny Cash called... More 

1 Thank Jon B
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

The museum is built around a very specific event in country music history, (the Bristol Sessions.) However, it also shows the regional connections to American music. The displays will introduce the novice, and engage those with more serious interests. Top-notch interactive museology at work here!

1 Thank DrNickatNite
Bristol, Tennessee
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Our car club did a group tour of the museum. It has so much information about country music and how this area was such a starting point for many musicians.

1 Thank Traci S
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is a gem of a museum. It's one of the most cohesive and well curated museums I've been to. It's primary focus is Bristol Sessions... a pivotal recording session that launched the careers of JImmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. But the museum gives really interesting cultural context about what set the stage for... More 

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