Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville

4.5
#1 of 191 in Museums in Tennessee
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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  • We spent a rainy afternoon at the museum. So much history learned things we didn’t know (and thought we did)! Did not do the audio tour as we had the time to read. Great exhibits cool to see the perso...  more »
  • I've been to Nashville several times and have never taken the time to visit here, but this time I am so glad I did. It's much more vast than I thought it would be. There is so much country music histo...  more »
  • It was a great experience, but if I had paid full price, I would have been disappointed. Great things to see for sure.  more »
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  • The museum is interesting and informative, but it does have a sense commercialism. The true history of country music is a story of working class people from varying backgrounds and origins. Many of these people were immigrants and most had hard lives. These people would come together when they could, bringing instruments and musical styles from their homelands and they found a harmonious means of musical coexistence (a message that should be highlighted), the resulting culmination became a form of music that is truly American. You don't necessarily get the full impact and history of country music, nor the collaborative theme of country music's founders, but you do get a detailed look at featured artists and if you're willing to put in the time to read all the exhibits, you will certainly learn a lot about the artists that have been recognized by the hall of fame as having the most significant impacts. On the upside, they do highlight several benchmarks in the history of country music and they have some really awesome artifacts. I highly recommend the Studio B tour. There is so much history that was created in that little studio. It's well worth it.
  • I’m a huge music fan, though being from New Orleans, my knowledge/taste tends to be more brass, blues, soul, funk, hip hop, etc. Being from the south, though, I’ve always had a lot of exposure to country music (especially outlaw country). I really enjoyed the museum (especially the cars) and the chronological layout really helped me place all the country acts I’ve liked over the years in proper narrative context. If you’re a fan of music (or just rhinestones and characters), the museum is a lot of fun and explains the history and importance of each act, from early blues to modern pop acts. I imagine a huge country fan would appreciate some of the exhibits more than me but even as a casual fan, it’s a great museum.
  • My entire family loves this place. It really highlights all the early musicians that made country music what it is and current artists too. They have a good rotation of exhibits- each very interesting. The Taylor Swift education center has activities for kids of different ages. My nieces enjoyed the scavenger hunts and were rewarded Taylor Swift souvenirs. My husband and I joined as members and get a lot of perks from that so I would reccomend looking at that if you are local!
  • What a perfect place to go if you love country music. Whether you like old country or modern it's all there . The main exhibit was Taylor Swift ( shes country?) And the Outlaws. (Willie, and the boys) . It was a long line that moved quick and I recommend the Audio it helps for sure. Lots of photos to take .
  • This is a very nice facility with a vast array of country music history and memorabilia. We visited on a July Friday afternoon and it was nice respite to very hot weather. Cost is high, $25 or more per head, but it is a good return on your entertainment dollar. I personally enjoyed checking out all the vintage acoustic instruments on display. Three floors of amazing displays and information on all the great country stars. A must see if you are visiting Nashville.
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