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. Add Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and other attractions to your Nashville trip itinerary using our Nashville trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is by far one of the best museums I have ever been to especially with my kids! The art projects, scavenger hunts, videos, music, games, and everything else kept my kids (ages 17-6) all busy. Lots...  more »
  • Very informative displays & presentations. Self guided & interactive displays. Great for the whole family, Young & old alike.  more »
  • When we went there was an amazing guy playing the harmonica. Don't be put off by the queue as it goes down real quick  more »
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  • 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.
  • If you are a country music fan this is a great place to visit. Be prepared to spend some time here, there are a lot of displays to look at with a lot of signs alongside of them explaining what they are. I think it took us about 3 hours to go through it and I'm sure we didn't see and read everything.