Trace Country Music from its Humble Roots to Today’s Smash Hits

Trace Country Music from its Humble Roots to Today’s Smash Hits

Be awestruck at the extensive music history on display at Country Music Hall of Fame

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Country music fans of all ages won’t want to miss a pilgrimage to Nashville’s world famous Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, which in 2017 celebrates its golden anniversary: 50 years of collecting and preserving priceless artifacts that tell the story of country music. Explore two floors of comprehensive collections from country music’s most important epochs — from its early days when the Grand Ole Opry was a new radio show called “The WSM Barn Dance” to the transitional sounds of the Golden Age during the ‘50s and ‘60s to the international success of today’s country music superstars.

Visitors enjoy the rotunda
Visitors enjoy the rotunda

As you make your way through the museum’s permanent collection, you’ll encounter rare relics, original recordings, historic photographs, archival video clips, and even touchscreen interactive media for a multi-layered experience that will take you throughout the fascinating history of this American-born art form. The ACM/ Gretsch Family Gallery provides even more opportunities for visitors to get a first-hand glimpse into country music, with technology-enhanced stations and interactive features such as a songwriting station, trivia, and a recording booth.

Visitors enjoy the wall of gold records
Visitors enjoy the wall of gold records
Songwriting Experience
Songwriting Experience

Experience all the heavyweights of country music’s cherished legacy — Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr., Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and even the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley and beyond — and visit the contemporary gallery space to view more than 100 artifacts from today’s hit makers, such as Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

Elvis Collection
Elvis Presley's Collection
Collection of current and past music legends
Collection of current and past music legends
Taylor Swift Exhibit
Taylor Swift Exhibit

Exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

While you’re there, be sure to explore the permanent and rotating exhibits. The new exhibition American Currents: The Music of 2016 runs through March 2018 and takes a look at modern moments in country music’s continual evolution, with artifacts from today’s hottest superstars. Explore the career and profound impact of Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean in his exhibit, which is on view through Nov. 5, 2017. Then, visit Shania Twain’s exhibit, which runs through June 17, 2018 and will showcase memorabilia, awards and photographs of one of country’s top-selling female artists. Follow the successful career of longtime country music legend Loretta Lynn, whose exhibit runs August 25, 2017 – June 11, 2018 and will explore her more than 50  years in the industry. From Nov. 17, 2017 – May 13, 2018, don’t miss the insightful exhibit highlighting country music’s power couple: Grammy Award-winning artists Tim McGraw and Faith Hill­­, highlighting not only their successful solo careers but their meteoric rise to fame as a dynamic duo.