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Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Museum, Theatre, Interpretive Centre, Museum

It is often said that Bristol is the Big Bang of Country Music. Learn more about the Bristol Recording Session of 1927 that are the foundation for the museum.

In 2019, Ken Burns's PBS film chronicled the roots of American music and the musicians involved in the movement.

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ADA Accessibility Notes

The Museum is ADA accessible. Wheelchairs are provided if needed.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings, explores how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlights how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. Through text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, and interactive displays – along with a variety of educational programs, music performances, and community events – the exciting story of these recording sessions and their far-reaching influence comes alive. Rotating exhibitions from guest curators and other institutions, including the Smithsonian, are featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum also houses a collection of related objects, photographs and paper ephemera, and digital items.

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals only allowed in Museum.


Closed Monday, Open 10-6 Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday

Seasons Open

Year Round



$13 plus taxes and fees, Discounts to Military, Seniors, Students and Groups. Children 5 and under free

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