Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame first opened on April 1, 1967 in Music Row. The Museum moved to its present location, May 2001. This Nashville museum is accredited by the American association of museums.

If you take a tour of the museum, there are three choices that you will make. You can take a self guided tour, or a self guided tour with audio unit, and the third choice is if you would like to tour Studio B.

The self guided tour with audio is nice because when you go to a display, it has a number on it. Just type that number into the audio device and listen. You get a description about that display. The Museum requires that you leave your driver's license as a deposit for the audio unit.

When you start your tour, an attendant will put you on an elevator and send you to the 3rd floor, that is where it starts. It starts out in the roots of country music area. The displays will show memorabilia about that time. There are also videos shown, one in each time period. I was surprised at how much there was before the 1950's.

They have the set of Hee Haw there, an old TV variety show, and opposite it is a theater that shows a video loop that last about a half an hour. There is another theater on the second floor also.

I had to leave the tour before I reached the end because, the Studio B Tour was about to begin. I went to the tour area inside the museum, which was an open waiting area with some seating. Soon a young woman came and got our tickets.

She escorted us to a bus outside, where we got a tour speech as we were driven away from the Country Music Hall of Fame to music row on 12th avenue. She than escorted us into the building and told stories about the country music stars that recorded there.

I thought that Studio B was the building, but it was the largest studio in that building. It was the studio that Elvis used, and even with newer studios, this was the studio Elvis liked the most.

Studio B is also used by Belmont University to train their students for the music industry. I really enjoyed the Studio B Tour. After they returned us back to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, I showed them my ticket, and they put me on the elevator again to 3rd floor, the beginning of the tour. I just walked through until I got to where I left off.

As I was returning my audio unit to get my driver's license back, there was a musician playing the guitar in the break area. He was David Andersen, the Ambassador of Music City. I didn't know who he was, but he was good on the guitar. He played smooth and effortless, and if you asked him to play something, he would play it.







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