This Week Only: 90 Cents Admission to the Museum - The Birthplace of Country Music
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This Week Only: 90 Cents Admission to the Museum

Explore the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for only 90 cents July 25—july 30!

In honor of the 90th anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will offer a very special 90 cents admission price this week from July 25—July 30, 2017! Celebrate and explore our region’s rich music heritage by taking in a tour of the museum; it’s an amazing opportunity to bring your children before school starts!

Through multiple theater experiences, interactive displays, artifacts and text, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum shares 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. This is not a stuffy museum experience with a lot of stuff encased behind glass. Kids can belt out a tune in our Sing-Along Station, mix their own tunes at our Music Mixing Station, and put on headphones to check out the sounds of the 1927 Bristol Sessions. One can even peak in on our Radio Bristol staff while they are live on the air!

Three of the photographs by Todd McLellan from Things Come Apart: Lensatic compass made by Indian Nautical Instruments in the 2000s, component count: 33; Flip clock made by Sanyo in the 1970s, component count: 426; Power drill made by Ryobi in 2006, component count: 216. © Todd McLellan

Visitors are encouraged to take in “Things Come Apart,” the Smithsonian traveling exhibit happening now through October 8 in the Special Exhibits Gallery on the first floor of the museum. Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s “Things Come Apart” exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of dozens of objects explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. For example, the individual components of a record player, a Walkman, and iPod illustrate the technical changes in sound reproduction over the years. As a visual investigation of design and engineering, Things Come Apart also celebrates classic examples of industrial design like the sewing machine, the mechanical pencil, and the telescope. Additionally, the exhibit explores ideas about reuse, repair, and recycling.




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