222 5th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
Mon - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments and tear-stained lyric sheets are just some of the priceless artifacts you will find inside the world’s largest music museum. Be sure to visit Historic RCA Studio B, the subject of Nashville’s only studio tour. Finish by picking up some music, books, apparel, and more in the Museum Store.
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In 1925, WSM Radio began broadcasting the WSM Barn Dance on Saturday nights. Three years later, local announcer George D. Hay unintentionally christened the Grand Ole Opry when, after a program of classical music, he introduced the country music program by saying, “For the past hour you’ve been listening to grand opera. Now, we’ll present the Grand Ole Opry.” It is country music that is most often associated with Nashville’s image as Music City, USA.The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, completed in 2001, replaced an earlier hall of fame on Music Row, opened in 1967. The contemporary exterior design incorporates a piano keyboard and a radio tower. Managed by the Country Music Foundation, the museum houses an outstanding collection of items relating to country music and its legends. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, it is the largest research center in the world dedicated to a single form of country music.
Hatch Show Print is located inside the Hall of Fame.
One of America’s oldest surviving show poster printers, Hatch Show Print was founded in 1879 by two brothers. One of the founder’s sons, Will T. Hatch, took over the business in 1920 and transformed the simple posters into an art form. Hatch Show Print supplied promotional handbills and posters for performers and public events throughout the Southeast, including minstrel shows, vaudeville acts, and circuses. In 1938, the shop was given the official Grand Ole Opry account. Formerly located in an 1880s commercial building on Broadway, Hatch is managed by the Country Music Foundation as a museum and print shop.