Museum - The Birthplace of Country Music
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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.

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Country Music Museum Education

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.

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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.

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Collections Birthplace of Country Music Museum

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.

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Bristol Birthplace of Country Music Museum from Home

An online museum experience that includes fun virtual tours, student activities, and other video content that’s not only educational, but also entertaining.

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Support the Museum

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Keep Bristol’s rich music heritage alive for future generations. Make a donation to the Museum or become a member of our 1927 Society.