The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was created to preserve Country Music and teach others about its importance. It has been referred to as the “Smithsonian of Country Music”, includes 350,000 square feet of artifacts, and has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Country Music Hall of Fame also includes a 776 seat CMA Theater, Taylor Swift Education Center that gives children hands on experience with music and hosts educational programs, Hatch Show Print studio, and RCA Studio B (located on Music Row) which is the oldest surviving recording studio.
The only permanent exhibit in the museum is Sing Me Back Home. Beautiful display cases house relics, photographs, and video footage from the entire history of Country Music. The cases are in chronological order and each has a distinct theme, which allows visitors to walk through the progression of Country Music.
American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection houses vintage guitars that show the evolution of the instrument. There were 75 versions of the guitar in the exhibit and it was really cool to see them all together.
My favorite exhibit was Dierks Bentley: Every Mile a Memory. He has been one of my favorite Country Music artists for years and it as awesome to see parts of his life. His “I Hold On” guitar was on display plus his “Drunk on a Plane” outfit. How cool!
“Blake Shelton: Based On A True Story” showed Shelton’s rise to fame and even had his Voice chair set up in one display case along with his Entertainer of the Year Awards.
The “Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City” exhibit was really informative for me, because I did not realize what an impact they had on the Music Industry. Dylan and Cash, long time friends, recorded together and “bridged the cultural” gap between outsiders and traditional artists. The exhibit featured 16 listening booths where visitors could listen to other “Nashville Cats of the era” and learn about their lives.
Although I did not get any pictures, The Rymer Gallery Presents Monoprints by Chris Coleman featured a contemporary gallery of posters that were beautiful.
Visitors have multiple options when purchasing tickets. General admission is $24.95 for adults, $14.95 for youth ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Discounts are given to adults over the age of 60, students, and AAA members ($22.50) while military only pay $21.50 with a valid ID. If you want a more in-depth tour, there are two packages available. The Gold Package (adults $26.95, $17.95 youth) includes museum admission plus an audio tour. The Platinum Package adds a tour of the Historic RCA Studio B to the Gold Package (adults $39.95, $29.95 youth). A Hatch Show Print Tour can be added to any ticket option as well.
I had the opportunity to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during CMA Fest in June and I loved it! My fiancé and I learned so much about Country Music’s history and how the genre got its start. This state of the art museum was incredibly impressive as was the number of artifacts on display. If you are a fan of Country Music, visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a must.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 5th Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Open Daily From 9-5 PM
Taylor Pittman wrote this article.
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