Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bristol, VA


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum offers interesting and engaging field trips to K-12 and college students providing the opportunity to discover the origins and impact of country music from the 1920s until today, the history and development of Bristol and Appalachia, and the role science and technology play in both music and Bristol history.

We recommend spending at least 1½—2 hours in the museum, which allows for a guided tour; time for free exploration, and the possibility to engage with special activities or learning activities. Our field trips usually include an introductory film on the 1927 Bristol Sessions, a guided tour of the core exhibits, and free exploration time. We can bookend your trip with lesson plans including scavenger hunts, hands-on instrument activities, and other lessons that suit your needs. 


Education and outreach programs can be found in the museum’s calendar of events online at To schedule your field trip with us, contact

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is an exploration the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings and their lasting impact on the music of today. Through multiple theater experiences, interactive touch screen exhibits, text and artifacts—along with a variety of educational programs, music performances, and community events—the exciting story of these recording sessions and their far-reaching influence comes alive for visitors of all ages.

The museum also chronicles how evolving sound technology shaped the success of the Bristol Sessions and brings that history into the present. Rotating exhibitions from guest curators and other institutions, including the Smithsonian, are featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery.


The museum also provides a number of educational opportunities including workshops, summer camps for children, and Family Fun Days with activities designed to bring music and families together. Visitors also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the museum’s working radio station, Radio Bristol, which can be accessed internationally online and through the station’s mobile app.

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