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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Eric C
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Excellent Early Country Music Museum

My wife and I saw the sign for the country museum and decided to check it out. Boy we’re we... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2018
pjones04
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Verona, NY
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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
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520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Reviewed March 12, 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

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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.

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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

We were in the area and stopped on a whim and ended up staying 2.5 hours. Learned a lot about the history of Country Music and the instruments used as well as recording technology. It was very informative and a nice break from the cold...More

1  Thank Leonard F
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Reviewed December 2, 2017 via mobile

We stumbled across this in Bristol and spent over an hour meandering through the halls of pictures and historical facts, antique instruments. Very informative short movie. If you’re interested in the beginnings of Southern Gospel and Country music, you will enjoy this museum.

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Reviewed November 17, 2017

In spite of the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, I did not have high expectations for this small museum. The experience begins with a short film narrated by John Carter Cash (yes, that Carter and Cash family), and includes three other segments in which the original...More

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Reviewed November 10, 2017

Nice museum to visit if you like Country Music. Not too thrilled about the high admission price (especially for Seniors).

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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

I'm glad we visited. Staff was super friendly and knowledgable. Museum was interesting and has a theater room when you begin to give some background about the Bristol Sessions. If you have been to the Country Music Hall of Fame, this is nothing compared to...More

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Reviewed October 27, 2017

We learned about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum online and decided to go. What a great place to learn about our music heritage. We didn't know that country music evolved from music sang in the mountains and is often called hillbilly music. We loved...More

1  Thank Monique D
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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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