Nashville’s renowned Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum recently unveiled a $100-million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views.
The ambitious 210,000-square-foot expansion at their 222 5th Avenue North location was completed in April 2014, and includes an 800-seat CMA Theater and the Taylor Swift Education Center, which features three classrooms and an interactive, hands-on immersion into contemporary country music. Also on-site is the ACM Gallery and the Fred and Dinah Gretsch Family Gallery, the legendary letterpress operation of Hatch Show Print.
We were there to see the updated version of this incredible museum in roughly 6-8 months after its completion…..and so, all if twas new – the additions, the energy, the vibe….all of it.
While there were so many costume, shoe and other relic pieces of the time, the prize, at least for me, went to the gold Baby Grand that belonged to Elvis Presley (I understand….a gift from his wife?).
The clothing on display was retro and so worth a very long stroll and then back again….
The cars were retro as were the original recordings for the most part on 45’s.
More incredible ‘car’ time for this period.
Two Thumbs up – don’t miss the music and history museums in Nashville, regardless of what time of year it is.
Country Music Hall of Fame
222 5th Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37203