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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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We spent several hours in the Museum, great history of our music

We were very surprised at the amount of history in the Museum. A great place to visit to learn... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Roger P
Very Nicely Done

Just the right sized museum so you get enough without getting overloaded. Good mix of media... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
+1 423-573-1927
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very surprised at the amount of history in the Museum. A great place to visit to learn about the original Country Music and how it came to be so popular. It was very interesting to read about how the music was recorded in...More

Thank Roger P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just the right sized museum so you get enough without getting overloaded. Good mix of media - visual, audio, written. Tells the story with a mixture of old and new music and words. Excellent local crafts in the museum store as well

Thank Nellie858
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was interesting to find out that Bristol is the birthplace of country music. There is a short, 13 minute, film explaining how and why Bristol is the birth place of country music. There are many exhibits, both an operating radio station and recording room,...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 11 September 2017

we enjoyed our trip here. There are some very interesting exipits and you can go into a booth a record you voice singing with a Carter family song

Thank gflem
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I'm not a huge country music fan; however, the history of the genre drew me in. The three short films we viewed gave great background into the exhibits; while I enjoyed them all, the one with the four musicians duplicating some of the styles of...More

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Even if you don't like country music , the stories and information are very eye opening. The visual displays and displays that you inter act with are so well done. You will come away with a better understanding of country music.

Thank royk647
Reviewed 18 August 2017

I have visited Nashville, Austin, Bakersfield, New York & LA, but they do not have the unique Museum pieces and the experience provided at the beautiful Birthplace of Country Music located in Bristol, VA. The history and the exhibitions are well presented so you feel...More

Thank daliet2017
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Four of us visited and had a Great time. The people were Super friendly and informative. The movie presentation had all of the words on the screen which made it nice to follow along. All displays were easy to read . The place was clean...More

Thank John O
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This is where A P Carter and the Carter Family cut the record Keep on the SUNNY SIDE and other recordings. You will find out a lot about country music here and all kinds of history about the beginning of it.

Thank cecils286
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Amazing experience. We visited for 4 hours. There is lots and lots of historical interacting history. The volunteers are well informed with the information needed to help with questions. We loved the experience.

Thank Wade S
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Response from ripfortwo | Reviewed this property |
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