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Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax

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#51 of 235 in Museums in Virginia
About the Blue Ridge Music Center:

The Blue Ridge Music Center is open seasonally, May through October.

The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1995, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

In the summer, its beautiful outdoor amphitheater comes alive through a vibrant and diverse concert series featuring artists like Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Rickey Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Kruger Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Sherman Holmes Project and John Dee Holeman. There is an admission charge for the weekend concerts (generally held on Saturday evenings with admission $10, $15, or $20).

The Music Center's award-winning, interactive Roots of American Music Museum - open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - and the Midday Mountain Music Program, which offers informal, mountain music performances by local and regional old-time and bluegrass musicians on the Music Center's covered breezway - daily from noon until 4 p.m. - are both FREE and open to the public.

About the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation:

Since 2013, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has funded the concert programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center in keeping with the nonprofit’s mission to ensure cultural and historical preservation, along with natural resource protection, educational outreach, and visitor enjoyment now and for future generations. For more information, visit www.brpfoundation.org.
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  • Allow about an hour to peruse the exhibits on the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. Local musicians have free jam sessions in the afternoon. Open seasonally, so be sure to check days of operation...  more »
  • Not being from the area, I enjoyed learning more about the musical culture around the Blue Ridge area. This was my favorite visitor center stop while touring the parkway.  more »
  • This is a great place to visit with a lot of history,learned a lot the museum was done up very well and was easy to follow through the timeline,when we were there no concerts were going on to late in ...  more »
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  • I and a friend want up to blue ridge parkway yesterday. It was foggy damp and i have never seen fog so heavy but the trees at the music center were beautiful. I took a few pictures before the fog rolled down mountains and hide the trees. I well go back again and. Soon before it snows. Parking is not at the center. You have to park and walk to the center. Walking for the handicap will be hard but can be done. Someone will have drop off the handicap person at the center and than park the vehicle and walk back to the center. But I really love this. I will go again.
  • Really cool place. I learned allot. My kids all loved it as well
  • Fun place. Well kept. I always found some local bands / groups playing good bluegrass music. One of the few places on blue ridge parkway with bathrooms. Take advantage of this:) should visit while in the great blue ridge parkway.
  • If you like mountain music or blue grass you've got to go .
  • Interesting place, leaned a lot I did not know about music history of this region. Be sure you visit between 12pm-4pm so you can catch some of the locals performing the music. I could have sat there all afternoon.
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