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

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

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, showcasing 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.

As you make your way through the museum’s permanent collection, you’ll marvel at rare artifacts, 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 Contemporary 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.

Experience all the heavyweights of country music’s cherished legacy – Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Sr., Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, 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.

Special Exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
While you’re here, be sure to explore the special exhibits. Follow the successful musical career of four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban in the extraordinary exhibit Keith Urban So Far… (through May 15, 2016), or learn about the personal and professional life of legendary producer and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips – who introduced the likes of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley to fanatic audiences across the globe – in Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips (through June 12, 2016). Get a glimpse of the evolution of Gretsch guitars as you peruse pristine examples of 75 vintage guitars dating back to the early 1930s in American Sound and Beauty: Guitars From the Bachman-Gretsch Collection (through July 10, 2016). And peruse the thoughtfully curated exhibits in Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City (through December 31, 2016) to witness a pivotal point in Nashville’s musical history, as a burgeoning countercultural movement pioneered by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and other rock-country trailblazers brought a new rush of creativity to Music City.

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