The Museum: Celebrating History
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the award-winning Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia tells the story of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions and explores how those recordings helped to usher country music into the mainstream.
About the Museum
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.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen in Concert – POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBD
Sep 25, 2021 @ 07:00 PM
Virtual Speaker Series – Spookers and Haints: Affrilachian Storytelling
Oct 5, 2021 @ 07:00 PM
Special Exhibit: The Way We Worked
Oct 30, 2021 - Jan 23, 2022
Virtual Speaker Series: Jennifer Licko on Appalachia and Scottish Folk Songs
Nov 9, 2021 @ 07:00 PM
From Pick Along Summer Camps and student field trips to online activities and classroom resources for teachers, the Museum offers a wide variety of educational and outreach programming for the community year-round.
The story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions comes alive through our interactive permanent exhibits, and the Museum also features a wide range of temporary exhibits in our Special Exhibits Gallery.
The collections at the museum—including documents and ephemera, photographs, recordings, instruments, and recording equipment—extend far beyond the artifacts currently displayed in our exhibit space.
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Anya Hinkle
September 16, 2021
Radio Bristol Book Club: The Carter Family – Don’t Forget This Song
September 1, 2021
Tintype Photography: A Bridge from the Past to the Present
August 30, 2021
The Root of It: Nora Brown on Lee Sexton
August 27, 2021
From The Vault: The 1927 Sears, Roebuck Catalogue
August 18, 2021
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Shay Martin Lovette
August 11, 2021
Radio Bristol Book Club: Weaver’s Daughter
August 4, 2021
Radio Bristol Spotlight: Adam Bolt
July 9, 2021
Radio Bristol Book Club: Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachia
July 1, 2021
Will the Circle Be Unbroken? A Personal Commentary on the Cycle of Various Changes in Country Music
June 30, 2021
June Carter Cash: A Life in Country Music
June 23, 2021
Favorite Festivals in Tennessee and Virginia
September 7, 2021