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Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Eric C
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"carter family"
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"recording sessions"
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"gift shop"
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"all ages"
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"state of the art"
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"big bang"
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"radio station"
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"on display"
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"across the street"
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"learn how"
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"great history"
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"short film"
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Reviewed 12 March 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 late 20s. Literally the beginning of country music. The museum is connected to the Smithsonian Museum and shows it. It is new and flows with high quality displays and visitor interactions. We learned so much about the artists who started it all. Prices are very reasonable in the gift shop. Don’t miss the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

1  Thank pjones04
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Reviewed 20 January 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 tickets for $11.55 for seniors, college students, military, and children ages 5-17.

The museum is very informative and swiftly walks you through the history behind the recordings and their importance. There are lots of old guitars and instruments to look at that the musicians played at those recordings. The museum also has multiple short movies to watch on the Bristol Recordings and its history.

The best parts of the museum are where you can karaoke to the original songs in special booths with headphones. It makes you feel like a real singer! The other best part is where you can listen to any and all of the original songs.

The museum was not very crowded when my wife and I visited, ant we had tons of fun. I highly recommend going!

The museum briefly mentioned the contributions of African-Americans to the Bristol Recordings and the "Race Records" from this time. It would be great if the museum dove more into this topic because it is important history to know and understand, but I appreciated that it was mentioned and discussed somewhat.

Lastly, the gift shop is small, but has lots of cute items to buy. I highly recommend picking up a t-shirt or a magnet before leaving.

The museum is closed on Mondays, but it is open from 10am - 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and it is open from 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Sundays.

1  Thank KECournoyer
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Birthplace of C... M, Public Relations Manager at Birthplace of Country Music Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

Thank you for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed the Museum.

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Reviewed 7 December 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.

1  Thank Dave R
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Reviewed 7 December 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 weather.

1  Thank Leonard F
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