Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, explores how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlights how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. Through text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, and interactive displays – along with a variety of educational programs, music performances, and community events – the exciting story of these recording sessions and their far-reaching influence comes alive. Rotating exhibitions from guest curators and other institutions, including the Smithsonian, are featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum also houses a collection of related objects, photographs and paper ephemera, and digital items.

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Latitude: 36.5951 Longitude: -82.1887 Elevation: 1667 ft
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Seasons Open

Year Round

Hours Open

Closed Monday, Open 10-6 Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday


$13 plus taxes and fees, Discounts to Military, Seniors, Students and Groups. Children 5 and under free

ADA Accessibility Notes

The Museum is ADA accessible.  Wheelchairs are provided if needed.

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals only allowed in Museum.

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