Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame © Sean Russell
Situated at the central hub of Nashville in the Downtown entertainment district, is one of the world's largest museums and research centre for American music, the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The main permanent exhibit, 'Sing Me Back Home', is a journey through the history of country music, drawing on the museum's rich collection of historical costumes, memorabilia, instruments, photographs, and manuscripts. In addition to the main exhibit, temporary exhibits focus on individual Hall of Fame Inductees, and the Archive Spotlight Series highlights specific themes from the main exhibition. Live performances, interactive exhibits, and lots of great music supplement these artefacts.
The museum is home to vast collections of moving images, recorded sound, and photographs, portraying country music as well as the development of recordings, filming, and photography. Among the exhibits are Elvis Presley's gold-leaf covered Cadillac, Emmy Lou Harris' jewelled cowboy boots, and Bob Dylan's autographed lyric sheets.
Live music is played in the atrium and digital film presentations are offered in the theatre. Visitors can also watch museum archivists and restoration experts at work, and study a vast wall displaying chart-topping gold and platinum country records.
Address: 222 Fifth Avenue South
Telephone: (615) 416 2001
Opening times: Daily 9am-5pm.
Admission: General admission: $26 adults, $16 youth, free for children, other concessions available.