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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Wonderful Museum

Anyone that likes Mountain Music, Bluegrass or Country Music will absolutely love this place. We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ken M
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Great Information

I did not know about the Bristol recording sessions before going to this museum. It provided great... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
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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...more
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520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
+1 423-573-1927
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove through Bristol on our way to Northern Virginia and stopped at the Welcome Center. We found out about the Museum there and hubs is a fan of the Big Bang of Country Music, so of course we had to visit. Unfortunately we didn't...More

Thank jayares2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in the center of town 1 block off the main stree & across the street from a beautiful park. Try to visit when it has a concert in its auditorium.

Thank Grandad Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Anyone that likes Mountain Music, Bluegrass or Country Music will absolutely love this place. We were going to zip in and out like we usually do but you can't do that here. So much to hear. So much to hear. This place is a hidden...More

Thank Ken M
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

I did not know about the Bristol recording sessions before going to this museum. It provided great information about the local musicians and their musical styles. There was also a great film where modern musicians analyzed the various guitar, banjo styles. For example, they talked...More

Thank poodytat
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Spent about 3 hrs. on self guided tour of this museum in Bristol on a Saturday. Thoroughly enjoyed all the videos and musical information. Recommend a visit for anyone who has an interest in how country music got started.

Thank KnoxvilleBud
Reviewed 20 July 2018

It a small sample of blue grass history wish they would have had more music that was created from the Bristol sessions and more update performers music and details. But it was good and you could try and sing along with the performers and make...More

Thank G E
Reviewed 19 July 2018

While visiting Southwest Virginia, my wife and I visited The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA. So very glad we did. Upon entering, we were greeted by some very friendly staff. They were so patient to answer all our questions. The museum is...More

Thank 1beach-nut
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Loved this museum. Lots of history and the exhibits were hands-on and entertaining. I especially enjoyed the recording studio where you could record yourself singing. This was worth the trip. The staff were super friendly and they have a nice gift shop. Plenty of parking...More

Thank WB_NC
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

If your in the area stop in and check out the museum. Alot of interesting things about Bristol and historic country music.

Thank Mtnman300
Reviewed 30 June 2018

We visited the museum after a visit to nearby Abingdon, VA. We are not huge country fans but enjoyed this museum. We had had no idea country music got it start here. The introductory film is good as are the various exhibits. The "Circle of...More

Thank ValGary2014
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Anthony D
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Response from ripfortwo | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $13.00 each adult ticket.
Anthony D
1 August 2016|
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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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Response from TraceyC5 | Reviewed this property |
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