Museum Day Live! - The Birthplace of Country Music
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Museum Day Live!

September 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is proud to take part in Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 24 by offering free admission to the museum all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket…for free!

To visit the museum for free on Saturday, September 24, download a ticket, print it off, and bring it to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for a fun day of exploration. Each pass is good for two people for the entire day; visitors can even break for lunch and come back to continue their tour.

This year’s Museum Day Live! is special as we will also be honoring the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. To celebrate this opening, we will be offering several programs throughout the day:


10:00 a.m. – We will be hosting a “watch party” of the dedication ceremony of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), live from DC. This event is free, but seating is limited so if you would like to attend, please reserve your ticket here. Doors to the Performance Theater will open at 9:30a.m.

12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Short gallery talks will also be running every hour starting at 12:30 p.m.

    • amythystkiah
    • 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Local artist Amythyst Kiah will be live in the Performance Theater at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00p.m. Amythyst Kiah is a Southern gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter who has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that does not take away from the integrity of the original songs, transforming them into powerful, soulful renditions. She has recently performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC and traveled Scotland and the UK performing at a number of major festivals including the Southern Fried Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. Amythyst is also a favorite at our own Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival.

All day – View “A Place for All People,” a historic poster exhibit celebrating the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the NMAAHC, the building’s architectural design,and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community’s powerful, deep and lasting contributions to the American story.





September 24, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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