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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a three story museum that focuses on Country music in America. There are both permanent and temporary exhibits with such displays as musical instruments, performer's clothing, photographs, videos and sound recordings. A large rotunda houses the Hall of Fame section with the names of Country music stars along the walls. The museum facility also has a restaurant with lunch service.

The Country Music Hall of Fame began in 1961 and moved into its prior facility in 1967. That building was in service till 2000 and closed when the current museum opened in 2001. The current building’s odd design is intended to symbolize different aspects of music, such as piano keys and the shapes of records. Permanent exhibits deal more with the origin and development of the music while rotating temporary exhibits usually profile performers.

Even one who is completely ignorant of Country music can still offer an opinion, and in that regard the museum came up short for a relatively high admission price. The permanent collections had insufficient background information or insight on the music and its origins. An orientation film would have been helpful in this regard. There were some items of note in the permanent exhibit, such as a car owned by Elvis Presley, but it was more sizzle than substance. On the other hand, the temporary exhibits were more informative. An exhibit on Hank Williams and his son, both of whom experienced great successes and great misfortunes in life, was detailed and well presented. It pays to check the museum's website to see what temporary exhibits are on display prior to a visit. They typically rotate every nine months. The museum was self-guided; there were no docent options. An audio tour is offered for an extra fee, but it was not worth it. If you are a fan of Country music, none of these comments will matter since you will still want to visit. For non-fans though, the museum will have more limited interest.
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