Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville

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Established in 1961 to preserve the history and traditions of country music, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum features rotating exhibits and frequent live performances by some of the genre's top artists. The museum holds a collection of video clips and recorded music, put together to illustrate the story of country music as it evolved over the years. Just seeing the exterior of the keyboard-shaped building in the heart of the city may rank high on your itinerary, but don't miss a chance to spend a little time exploring the museum's oral history exhibits, containing over 600 interviews with songwriters, producers, and performers. The museum also features an on-site gift shop and restaurant. Arrange your visit to Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nashville using our Nashville trip itinerary site .
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  • Stunning both the continent and content: impresses first thing, the continent (the building) as a monumental piano that invites you to enter... impressive content, everything inside the visitor finds. It is worthwhile,
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  • Amazing place,lots of history,had a new display on Shania Twain which was very nice. Had a display on Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. My wife doesn't like listening to Dylan,should stick to writing songs.  more »
  • Great day trip had fun with the badges and recordings. Great to see some history about country. Affordable.  more »
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  • Definitely worth the time to see on a visit to Nashville or if you live here and have never been. Took friends who were visiting and we all had a great time! Learned a lot! And since some exhibits change, do even if you've been there before, you'll have new things to see. And way too big to see everything in one visit. Also a couple of side trips available. 1 they take you to a recording studio and the other I believe is to a printing factory.
  • PRO-TIP: definitely wait until the last open hour for the half-off admission. Museum is mostly reading text on walls. But they do have lots of performer costumes, some cool cars, and a handful of displays a museum should have. I liked the recreation of the Owen Bradley's office - they need more like that. I felt I got my money's worth with the half off rate, regular price is too much.
  • The museum is a worthwhile attraction, with an interesting mix of memorabilia from classic and contemporary country music. I went as a person that doesn't listen to country music and found the historical aspects interesting. There is a photo room with large props that is fun. The stores and historical working printing press can be visited without an admission ticket. The best part of the day was a "songwriter session" held in a small, intimate theatre. We were treated to live music from two artists that have written Top-10 songs. The entire experience, however, was soured by the parking garage. AVOID THE GARAGE. For a two hour stay we were scalped $30 - more than an admission price. That price is absolutely ridiculous and abusive of tourists. The price was not on the ticket dispenser or anywhere near. Searching after the sticker shock, it was hidden on the last line of a sign on a pole on the right - something there would not have been time to read through in traffic, if it had been noticed. $30 for two hours of parking, sadly, is the departing overriding memory.
  • It was an interesting couple of hours. There are a lot of guitars and clothing, which is the majority of the collections. There's a lot more exhibits to read than what a typical person would want to. Seemed like most people spend a couple hours there although you could spend all day, especially if taking the studio b tour. I recommend taking that extra tour. Something you do once and then you're done.
  • This place can seem expansive, but it almost demands you know a lot about country music. There also seems to be a lot less focus on recognizable names and as a group from Cleveland, Ohio there was not a lot we could really connect with, especially with not having time to read everything dud to being on a schedule. They also were not ready for a large group despite being notified months in advance. Good place to go, but great if you know about country music; a very niché place.

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