Appalachian Cultural Music Association Mountain Music Museum | Tennessee Vacation

Appalachian Cultural Music Association Mountain Music Museum

The Mountain Music Museum continues the story of regional musical heritage through visual displays honoring music pioneers.
626 State Street
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 573-2262

The Appalachian Cultural Music Association’s Mountain Music Museum contains artifacts from the “Birthplace of Country Music” region, Bristol, that highlight the roots of past country and bluegrass music. Displays and memorabilia honor music pioneers such as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Patsy Cline and Tennessee Ernie Ford, along with some current stars from our region, such as Kenny Chesney.

The museum’s mission is to preserve and promote bluegrass, old time, gospel, classic country and Appalachian style music, as well as educating the public through exhibits, jam sessions, instructional workshops, concerts and community festivals. You’ll find dozens of displays and one-of-kind vintage photographs, musical instruments, LP recordings and authentic stage attire at the museum. 

The Appalachian Cultural Music Association—a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of our Appalachian musical heritage and the continued growth of old time, bluegrass and traditional country music—maintains and staffs the Mountain Music Museum and the gift shop. 

The museum is open during special events and to groups by appointment so please call in advance before visiting. For more information, please email the museum at

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