Located in the heart of Nashville’s arts district, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers motorcoach tour passengers a definitive Music City experience. The museum’s recently expanded 350,000-square-foot building houses a growing collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts – one-of-a-kind recordings, films, instruments, stage wear and more – that represent its mission to preserve and interpret country music and its southern roots.
This year, as the museum celebrates its 50th anniversary, we pause to remember the past and offer gratitude to the pioneers who came before, whose songs and stories paved the way for a host of acclaimed new artists. It is in this spirit, honoring classic and current artists, that the museum exhibits everything from Hank Williams’ cherished Martin guitar and Elvis Presley’s custom Cadillac to outfits and instruments from the likes of Alison Krauss and Carrie Underwood.
Through a rich and diverse mix of exhibits, rare video footage and carefully selected sound recordings, tour groups will trace the evolution of country music, from its folk roots, through the advent of radio and the Grand Ole Opry to its continuous rise in popularity and the emergence of its latest stars.
Additionally, the museum operates Historic RCA Studio B and the iconic letterpress poster shop Hatch Show Print, both of which offer interactive tours that combine hands-on participation, unique group activities, history and inspiration for tour groups of all ages and interests.
Anyone who follows music, art and culture of the American South has most certainly run into the letters, images and unmistakable “look” of Hatch Show Print. Hatch is one of the oldest letterpress poster and design shops in America, in operation since 1879. With its extensive collection of carved blocks, Hatch designs and prints 500-600 different posters a year for artists ranging from the Black Keys and Miranda Lambert to Willie Nelson and The Rolling Stones. A tour of Hatch Show Print is part history, part how-to and wholly inspiring, as bus tour passengers join in creating an original print.
What started in 1957 as a sketch on a dinner napkin quickly became the birthplace to more than 35,000 legendary songs and more than 1,000 popular hits. Since opening, Historic RCA Studio B has welcomed a multitude of musical game-changers, with such talents as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and Charley Pride calling it home and establishing the studio as the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. Motorcoach tour passengers enter the studio and stand where Roy Orbison recorded “Only the Lonely” and Dolly Parton sang “I Will Always Love You.” They will even experience Presley’s custom lighting setup that was installed to set the mood for the King’s famous late-night recording sessions.
The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas days) and offers discounted rates, breakfast and lunch options and special packages for groups. Located at 222 5th Avenue South, in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers an unforgettable day for tour groups. Come celebrate this essential story.
To learn more, visit online at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/visit/group-tours or phone (615) 416-2001.