The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, explores how evolving sound technology shaped their success, and highlights how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. Referred to by scholars as the "big bang of country music," the Sessions included the first recordings of The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers and ushered country music into the mainstream.
Through multiple theater experiences, interactive displays, texts and artifact – 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 research collection including an extensive digital archive.
Tuesday—Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
For the most up-to-date hours and information, please contact Birthplace of Country Music Museum directly.