Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

History Museum · Nashville, Tennessee


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the world's largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music. Chartered in 1964, the museum has amassed one of the world's most extensive musical collections.

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Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of country music,” the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the world’s largest museums of its kind. You don’t have to be a country music fan to appreciate the monumental impact of honorees like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley. Admire priceless artifacts including instruments, stage clothing, and films for a deeper insight into the legends who have shaped country music over the years.
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“I was honored to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. Back when the hall was on Music Row in their old building, I shot the cover of my 1973 album Bubbling Over in front of the building. From inducting my friend Reba McEntire and first producer Fred Foster, I always get a special feeling when visiting the Hall of Fame, and I bet you will too!”
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Nashville is the home of country music present and past. This capital city is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame which memorializes artists in this genre which has had a substantial influence on rock 'n' roll. Amazingly, its collection of 200,000 recordings include 98% of the pre-WWII music that was released commercially. Over 30,000 films, 500,000 photographs, and 100s of historical musical instruments are housed here.
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"What's exciting to me about the County Music Hall of Fame is that you can walk through it and experience the history of country music. From Vernon Dalhart, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Carter family to my father and all the wonderful country music played out there. My father was inducted here in 1980, and you can find some of his personal artifacts here, including the guitar he used to play on 'The Johnny Cash Show.'"
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Johnny Cash. Patsy Cline. Willie Nelson. The greatest country musicians of all time are immortalized in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. This museum has thousands of pieces of memorabilia – from stage-strummed instruments and studio mics to rare photographs and pre-WWII recordings. Rotating exhibits highlight stars old and new, revealing hidden chapters of country music history and showcasing the diverse contemporary artists breaking its mold.
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Nashville is commonly known as Music City, but did you ever wonder why? Go back in time to this city's roots at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which showcases country music's start and influence today. The 350,000 square feet of galleries and exhibits include artifacts, vintage videos, interactive components, songs and stories of legends and today’s stars.
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