MUSEUMS

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Opened in August of 2014, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum documents Bristol’s long and storied musical heritage.

The 24,000 square foot facility, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, which resulted in Bristol being deemed The Birthplace of Country Music by the U.S. Congress in 1998. It features permanent, technology-infused exhibits, a special exhibits gallery, education programs, fill experiences and a theater, where live, year-round musical performances are held.

Today, the Birthplace of Country Music® (BCM) keeps local music traditions alive and continues to tell the story of the musical and cultural heritage of the region, its role in the birth and development of country music, and its influence on music around the world.

For more Information, visit: Birthplace of Country Music

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Mountain Music Museum

This museum on State Street contains artifacts from the region which highlight Bristol’s roots of old time country and bluegrass music. You’ll find interesting displays and memorabilia here honoring music pioneers like The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Tennessee Ernie Ford, as well as contemporary stars with roots in our region like Kenny Chesney.

The museum’s mission is “To preserve and promote bluegrass, old time, gospel, classic country, and Appalachian style music and provide education through jam sessions, instructional workshops, concerts, community festivals, and provide a music alternative to traditional school bands. To support the Pickin’ Porch, Song of the Mountains, Mountain Music Museum, the Carter Fold and other local venues of like ideas.”

Admission is usually free except for special events. Donations are accepted and proceeds are given to the ACMA to support the Mountain Music Museum.

For more information, visit the Appalachian Culture Music Association website.