Bristol is home to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which opened in August 2014.
The 24,000-square-foot Smithsonian-affiliated museum explores how evolving sound technology shaped the success of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and highlights how this rich musical heritage still thrives in the Appalachian region and beyond.
Through multiple theater experiences, interactive and stationary 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, ephemera, and a digital archive.
Groups & Tours
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum offers group tours to adult, motorcoach, and student groups who schedule in advance.
Whether the group requires a short introductory tour, an hour-long immersive tour, or an education-based field trip tour, the BCMM staff will work with you to provide the desired experience.
CLICK HERE to request more information about a museum group tour!
The music legacy continues over the airwaves daily thanks to Radio Bristol.
Broadcasting live from the Birthplace of Country Music, Radio Bristol is a network of channels showcasing the diversity of American roots music from the early recording era to today, with a variety of original programming each day that celebrates the roots and branches of early country music, bluegrass, Americana, and more.
CLICK HERE to listen live to the Radio Bristol broadcasts.
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
101 Country Music Way
Bristol, Virginia 24201