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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
+1 423-573-1927
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Let the circle be unbroken...

Wonderfully presented. Expecting to spend an hour or two turned into five. I didn't want to miss... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
kayn576
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Austin, Texas
Getting to the root of it

Suggest you attend a few bluegrass concerts before you visit to develop a deeper appreciation of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Jim J
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Austin, Texas
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
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+1 423-573-1927
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderfully presented. Expecting to spend an hour or two turned into five. I didn't want to miss anything. So interesting how the musicians came together to record their music. Women at desk were so helpful with their suggestions of where to start and what to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Suggest you attend a few bluegrass concerts before you visit to develop a deeper appreciation of what you about to experience. Museum explores the birth and evolution of "bluegrass" style music and how it influenced and was influenced by other genres of music. The displays...More

Thank Jim J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really worth the time to visit. Informative attendants on staff, very clean area. Lots to see and listen even if not a fan of country/mountain music.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see museum for young and old and whether you are a country music fan or not. The exhibits, video access and interaction venues were extraordinary. The staff were wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable and engaged us through our entire visit.

1  Thank John N
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

Relatively new and well done! We learned so much about country music and the city of Bristol. Lots of interactive components and short videos so great for all ages. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed.

1  Thank MBlair1
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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem. I love country music and museums, this is the best of both. Self guided and relaxed. The staff was helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

If you are a fan of country music or interested in Appalachian heritage put this at the top of your list.

1  Thank Eric C
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Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I saw the sign for the country museum and decided to check it out. Boy we’re we surprised. A quality country museum with tons of info and entertainment. We learned so much about the Bristol recordings of early country music in the...More

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Reviewed January 20, 2018

This museum tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Recordings that were the first country recordings in the United States. The museum is located across the street from a park and near Blackbird Bakery (which is delicious). Tickets are $13.65 for adults, but they offer...More

1  Thank KECournoyer
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Birthplace of C... M, Public Relations Manager at Birthplace of Country Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2018

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed the Museum.

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

Great museum! It shows how a single event, The Bristol Sessions, rippled for years to come in the country music landscape.Well done with lots of displays, movies and listening exhibits.

1  Thank Dave R
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I believe it was $13.00 each adult ticket.
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Response from Brad D | Reviewed this property |
Check their website - it's totally worth it. Great museum!
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LOCATION 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way Bristol, VA 24201 If you are unable to find this address in your GPS, use the old street address: 520 Cumberland Street, Bristol, VA 24201. The museum is located at the corner... More
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