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.
Virtual Story Time featuring When Uncle Took the Fiddle
Jul 2, 2021 @ 11:00 AM
Virtual Speaker Series: Timothy Duffy on Photography and Southern Music Makers
Jul 6, 2021 @ 07:00 PM
Pick Along Summer Camp Week 1, Beginners
Jul 12, 2021 - Jul 16, 2021
Road to Bristol Rhythm Concert Series ft. Jim Lauderdale
Jul 17, 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.
1927: From Babe Ruth to Country Music
April 27, 2021
New Exhibit, Virtual Event in April
April 21, 2021
Speaking Up! Advocate to Highlight Your Museum’s Impact on the Community, State, Nation, and Beyond
February 21, 2021
Instrument Interview: The Kazoo
January 28, 2021