Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Top choice museum

in Downtown & the Gulch
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Fresh off its 50th anniversary in 2017, this monumental museum, reflecting the near-biblical importance of country music to Nashville's soul, is a must-see whether you're a country music fan or not. Gaze at Carl Perkins' blue suede shoes, Elvis' gold Cadillac (actually white) and gold piano (actually gold), and Hank Williams’ Western-cut suit with musical note appliqués.

The museum grounds also feature the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center and the legendary letterpress operation of Hatch Show Print. Written exhibits trace country's roots, computer touch screens access recordings and photos from the enormous archives, and the fact- and music-filled audio tour is narrated by contemporary stars.