Along with our permanent exhibits, the museum has a Special Exhibits Gallery that measures 2,000 square feet. This space houses between two to three rotating exhibits per year – these exhibits are created in-house and by guest curators, or are traveling exhibits from other institutions and museums.
Since opening in August 2014, we have hosted “The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies,” an in-house exhibit, and “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibit now owned permanently by our museum; a temporary outdoor exhibit about Music Maker musicians at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015. Our current Special Exhibit is “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life on Stage,” an in-house exhibit.
The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies “The Carter Family: Lives and Legacies” which opened in September 2014 and ran until March 2015, was our first special exhibit. This exhibit explored the original Carter Family and their time on Border Radio in […]learn more
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music In 2015, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum featured a Smithsonian exhibit called New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. About the Exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music explores the rich traditions in American music. Music […]learn more
In October 2015, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum unveiled the special exhibit “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life on Stage.” A look into the life and legacy of Tennessee Ernie Ford, the special exhibit will feature photographs, artifacts, audio and video materials, and […]learn more
In March 2016, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum unveiled the special exhibit “Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones.” The exhibit chronicles the rich variety of manufacturing traditions in Tennessee over the past 2 ½ centuries from the early agricultural and […]learn more
“We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music” is a multi-media exhibit of photographs, audio recordings, and video from Tim Duffy, founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation. For nearly three decades, Tim Duffy has recorded musicians’ songs […]learn more
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is currently displaying “A Place for All People,” a historic poster exhibit created for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in September 2016. The poster exhibit […]learn more
“Hometown Stars: Southwest Virginia’s Recording Legacy, 1923–1943,” is a special exhibit from the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum at Ferrum College on display at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum February 7, 2017–June 4, 2017. The talents and repertoires of Southwest […]learn more
Things Come Apart, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit (July 15, 2017–October 8, 2017). Through extraordinary photographs, disassembled objects and fascinating videos, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday possessions. Images of […]learn more
The craftsmanship and artistry of our region’s stringed instrument makers are celebrated with Luthier’s Craft— a new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum! Dates: November 3, 2017—March 4, 2018 Location: Birthplace of Country Music Museum PURCHASE TICKETS […]learn more