The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way. The Smithsonian-affiliated museum features permanent and rotating exhibits documenting the impact of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings on country music. Themed display stations include interactive music-mixing and listening booths and a kiosk honoring Bristol native Tennessee Ernie Ford. Visitors can watch video profiles of important Appalachian musicians and also view signed instruments once owned by Ralph Stanley, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe.
A 70-seat theater screens the 14-minute orientation film “Bound for Bristol,” while a 13-minute film about the influence of gospel music on the area's musical heritage is shown in a small second-floor chapel. Live performances and educational programming also are offered year-round at the state-of-the-art facility.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.