Huge exterior windows that look like piano keys? That is one of the many interesting aspects at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located only blocks from the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. The museum is open for tours every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. but is closed on Tuesdays throughout January and February.
It was actually established in 1967 and then moved into its current $37 million landmark building in 2001. When viewed from the air, the building is in the shape of a bass clef and the northwest corner of the structure juts out like the tail fin of a 1950s Cadillac.
Inside, the Hall of Fame houses historic country video clips and recorded music, plus bronze plaques are displayed honoring all country music inductees. Meanwhile, historic instruments that visitors can see include a harmonica used by country music's first African-American star, DeFord Bailey; Jimmie Rodgers’ 1928 Weymann guitar; Les Paul's 1941 experimental electric guitar; a four-necked steel guitar that Barbara Mandrell played onstage as a child; and Bill Monroe's Gibson F-5 Master Model mandolin.
The Country Music Hall of Fame also has a museum store and a spacious on-site restaurant.
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