Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Take a magnificent look at Nashville and music's history at the famed Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. At this exhibition, visitors will be able to explore countless exhibits dedicated to their favorite stars. Don't miss out on an awesome opportunity to experience the essence of country music and the soul of Music City with admission to this unique museum.
As you enter the museum, you will be greeted by a variety of displays that are sure to capture your eye. During your time here, you will be able to see one-of-a-kind artifacts that you will not find anywhere else. The museum also hosts various rotating exhibits throughout the year. The exhibits that you will see on your self-guided tour include:
Digital Archive: This unique archive is extensive, providing detailed looks at an expansive catalogue of photographs, sound recordings, printed goods, and moving images among objects that are influential to the history of both country music and American folk music.
Moving Image Collection: With more than 40,000 moving images, immerse yourself in the history of country music at this collection. Visitors will be amazed with film, video, and digital pieces that range from the 1920s until modern times.
Objects Collection: This is perhaps the most well-known collection of country music memorabilia of all time. Here, visitors will find more than 500 different musical instruments, as well as more than 1,900 items of stage wear, accessories, microphones, and even automobiles! Each of these pieces plays a role in country music history.
Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection: Comprised of almost 250,000 recordings, visitors will become captivated through various methods of communication. Hear live performances, radio shows, interviews, and an impressive 98% of pre-World War II country music recordings.
Printed Materials Collection: Explore a massive collection of more than a million clippings and media press releases. This collection covers more than 4,500 country stars and includes everything from sheet music and pamphlets to books and periodicals. The artifacts date back to the 1800s.
Photograph Collection: Here, visitors will find more than 500,000 images that are important to country music and its history. The oldest photograph dates back to the 1920s.
Oral HIstory Collection: This is one of the oldest exhibits in the museum. It was created in 1974 and gives travelers an interesting insight into the legends they love through recorded interviews of performers, songwriters, and other country music industry moguls.
Born Digital Collection: Created in 2018, this collection is dedicated to social media posts from stars, blogs, podcasts, and tons of other more modern-styled pieces.
Hatch Show Print Collection: The Hatch Show Print letterpress is one of the most famous printing companies of all time. Founded in 1876, the print shop was owned and operated by the museum. It still operates today, continuing a 140-year-old legacy! There are plenty of sub-collections found within the main collection, including the General Collection of show posters, the OFfset Collection dedicated to the 1960s - 1980s, Petersen Collection of window cards, and the Signature Collection of autographed posters from the 2000s. From posters to records and everything in between, you're bound to be amazed by the artistry and timelessness of these objects.
Whether you love country music or want to explore Nashville's history, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a fantastic addition to your trip. Do not miss out on all of the historical fun the next time you enjoy a trip to Nashville, TN.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend here?
Guests spend about 2 hours here.
- What amenities are available?
There is a gift shop and eateries onsite.
- Are wheelchairs and strollers available? Is there a rental fee?
Wheelchairs are available on a first-come first-serve basis.
- Is it handicap accessible?
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
Non-flash photography is allowed.
- For what ages is the attraction appropriate?
Great for all ages.
- Is parking available?
Parking is available downtown for various prices.