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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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Wonderful museum to visit

My husband and I went to this museum and were very impressed on how well everything is laid out... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manassas VA
Spectacular! More than worth 3.5 hour drive from Chattanooga

I've lived in Tennessee for most of my life, but I'd never heard of the Bristol Sessions. As you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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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 - 18:00
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

My husband and I went to this museum and were very impressed on how well everything is laid out. Some museums can be overwhelming but not this museum. The film that is shown is great. It shows you the history of the music that was...More

2  Thank mamaluke8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've lived in Tennessee for most of my life, but I'd never heard of the Bristol Sessions. As you learn in this museum, these were ten days that changed country music -- the "Big Bang" of country music, as the museum said. It's kind of...More

2  Thank BillVol
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting little museum. Worth a visit. Nice and informative. It is small. Not an all day project.

Thank loveuguys
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in today while traveling back from Tennessee. From Jimmie Rodgers, to the Carter's, to the very beginning, this is the real deal of the birth of country music! Very informative experience for us. Stop in, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

1  Thank Dennis H
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Great interactive musuem. Can stay an hour or 3 hours depending on your interest. Well worth the time and money to learn this exciting history and hear some great music. Note it is closed on Mondays.

1  Thank Paul C
Reviewed 22 May 2017

A must if you are a fan of country music. Unlike what you would find in Nashville. It's more low key. Lots of Bristol information.

Thank judy177
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This is an awesome place to check out. Especially if your a fan of country music. And the ladies working there are so nice.

1  Thank tbeach2002
Reviewed 8 May 2017

If you really want to learn about the roots and history of country and folk music, this is the place. Has an authentic, well-researched feel...not glitzy like Nashville can be. Great exhibit on the Bristol recording sessions. Nicely balanced across various artists/groups. It would be...More

1  Thank cruisin_4_BBQ
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

From the brochure, I expected the museum to be mostly about The Carter Family (because they are from around that area or near it) and Jimmie Rodgers. Mostly it was a tribute to Bristol and not being from that area and just the recording sessions...More

Thank bookworm7777
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

If you at all appreciate country or bluegrass music or the history of American music this is a must stop. We spent a couple hours checking out the exhibits & watching interesting videos. A lot of interesting history of just how our country's music developed...More

3  Thank Roger B
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Anthony D
Cost of adult admission
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Response from ripfortwo | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was $13.00 each adult ticket.
Anthony D
What is cost of admission for adults?
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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