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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Located on the banks of the Cumberland River, this museum sets the stage for the story of country music. Here, you can see a collection of video clips and recorded music, watch live performances, view music memorabilia and instruments of all kinds, or sit in a record listening booth. The actual Hall of Fame is located in a circular Rotunda with a bronze plaque on the wall with each person’s name that has been voted into the Hall of Fame.
The Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium
The Grand Ole Opry has been called the “Home of American Music.” This is the place where country musicians from all over the world come to perform live. The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio show in 1925 and is still the go-to spot to hear the best country music. Performers sing and play on a six foot wooden circle in the Opry stage that came from the original stage at The Ryman Auditorium, the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. The Ryman Auditorium is still an exciting showplace for listening to great country music. These two famous country music centers both offer backstage and guided tours.
Historic RCA Studio B
This recording studio, located along Music Row in Nashville, is a must-see for true country music lovers. It is the original studio where legends such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers recorded their songs. Tours are exclusively given through the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
This visual arts center is home to 24,000 square feet of artwork and art related activities. The family friendly museum is well known for its Artquest Gallery with 30 stations of hands-on art activities such as painting, sculpting and printmaking.