Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
One of the can’t-miss activities in Nashville, TN is a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Established by the CMA (Country Music Association) in 1961 to serve as a source of country music education, and to identify and preserve the evolving traditions and the rich history associated with country music, this well-respected international arts organization/local history museum attracts students, scholars, musicians and fans from around the globe.
The museum itself is an amazing visual feast and it boasts a highly distinctive architectural shape that was designed to remind visitors of country music and its history. The façade of the building evokes images of musical instruments, as well as various country music inspirations. The front windows of the building represent piano keys, the majestic sweeping arch on the right side of the building mimics that of a 1950’s Cadillac tailfin, the stone bars atop the rotunda represent musical notes from a popular Carter Family song, and when viewed from above, the entire building appears in the shape of a musical bass clef. A permanent exhibit on the second and third floors of the museum tell the story of country music from its pre-commercial 19th
-century roots, to present day.
In addition to museum exhibitions, the Country Music Hall of Fame is known for its annual induction process, which recognizes highly significant contributions to the advancement of country music in the creative and business communities. Each inductee receives a bronze likeness that remains on display in the rotunda for year round exhibition. Past Hall of Fame inductees include such genre legends as Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Dean, Elvis Presley, Barbara Mandrell, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and DeFord Bailey.
Located just 3 blocks from Union Station Hotel, the Country Music Hall of Fame is easy to get to and offers an experience you won’t want to miss!
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