One Tank Trip: Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

One Tank Trip: Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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The famed Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum just completed a 210,000 square foot expansion. The famed Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum just completed a 210,000 square foot expansion.
The purpose of the museum is to tell the story of country music, from when it began to where it is today. The purpose of the museum is to tell the story of country music, from when it began to where it is today.
Right now, an exhibit includes East Tennessee native Dolly Parton’s handwritten lyrics to her major hit “Jolene.” Right now, an exhibit includes East Tennessee native Dolly Parton’s handwritten lyrics to her major hit “Jolene.”
It wouldn't be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum without the hall of famers. You can step into an expansive rotunda and see all the Hall of Fame plaques. It wouldn't be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum without the hall of famers. You can step into an expansive rotunda and see all the Hall of Fame plaques.
Nashville, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

NASHVILLE (WATE) - Nashville, a national treasure, is thankfully just a few short hours down Interstate 40 from East Tennessee. One place you absolutely cannot miss in Music City is the famed Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

If you’ve never had the chance to go, now is the time. That’s because the museum has just completed a 210,000 square foot expansion.

It was a must-have for the museum, nestled in downtown Nashville, as the massive collection of items that represent country music and its history continues to grow every year.

"We take care of it. We make it available to the public so that you can come here and learn about this music that you love,” said Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Vice President of Sales and Marketing Sharon Brawner.

The purpose of the museum is to tell the story of country music, from when it began to where it is today.

So as you stroll through all three floors of the museum, you’ll see countless country music treasures.

They’re set up in chronological order, from legendary stars, to today’s biggest artists.

They have it all, from famous costumes and instruments, to awards and  handwritten lyrics from when some of the biggest hits in country music were first penned.

Right now, one of those includes East Tennessee native Dolly Parton’s handwritten lyrics to her major hit “Jolene.”

"On a yellow piece of paper, in her very own handwriting, how she came to that song,” said Brawner.

There are more than two million items in the museum’s collection.

"No matter how big we get, we'll never be able to have everything on display, so we rotate things often,” said Brawner.

They also feature special exhibits throughout the year. Right now, they have an entire gallery showcasing Reba McIntyre. Another exhibit celebrates the achievement of Glen Campbell.

Also brand new since the completion of the expansion is the “Discover Your Country” gallery. It features displays containing items from some of today’s biggest stars, from Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler to Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

If you’ve ever wished you could step foot inside Taylor Swift’s tour bus, you’re in luck. They have a massive replica of it set up in the museum.

The tour bus has been turned into two mini-recording studios where visitors can record their very own songs.

It wouldn't be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum without the hall of famers. You can step into an expansive rotunda and see all the Hall of Fame plaques.

Just right down the road from Knoxville, you can take a journey into country music history.

"Even if you're not a lover of country music, I can almost guarantee that if you come here, you will find something that you identify with and you'll take that memory home,” said Brawner.

They will be opening a new Miranda Lambert exhibit later this month.

The museum also gives tours of RCA Studio B, which is the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville.

For information on ticket prices to the museum, including a museum member pass, just visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum website.

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