Museum Exhibitions

On-Property Exhibits

Step inside the story. Inside the Museum galleries, exhibitions featuring priceless artifacts—instruments, stage wear, one-of-a-kind recordings, films, and more—offer intimate insights into the people who have shaped country music’s story, from the genre’s pre-commercial roots to today.

American Currents:

State of the Music

Those featured in American Currents: State of the Music are artists, musicians, and songwriters who have shaped the broadly defined genre of country music.

Dick Curless:

Hard Traveling Man from Maine

Known for his expressive baritone voice and hard-traveled authenticity, Dick Curless was one of the most versatile and powerfully eloquent singers of his time. Dick Curless: Hard Traveling Man from Maine explores the singer’s life and career, from his rural Northeast upbringing and popular truck-driving songs of the ’60s-’70s, to his critically acclaimed 1995 album, Traveling Through.

Western Edge:

The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock

Western Edge examines the close-knit communities of Los Angeles-based singers, songwriters and musicians who, from the 1960s through the 1980s, embraced country music, frequented local nightclubs, and created and shaped the musical fusion known as “country-rock” – ultimately making an indelible and lasting impact on popular music.

Chris Stapleton:

Since 1978

A dynamic singer, songwriter, and musician, Chris Stapleton proved his musical mettle as an in-demand songwriter in Nashville for more than a decade before his breakout success in 2015. The exhibition Chris Stapleton: Since 1978, presented by Ram Trucks, highlights the breadth of his musical contributions.

Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson:

As Far As I Can See

Known as “Whisperin’ Bill” for his soft-spoken and conversational singing style, Bill Anderson has placed eighty records on the Billboard charts as a recording artist.

Martina McBride singing on stage in a gold dress
Martina McBride:

The Power of Her Voice

Through the exhibition, the Museum explores the music and legacy of the influential vocalist, tracing her journey from performing in her family’s band as a child to becoming a chart-topping, award-winning, perspective-shifting country music artist.

Sing Me Back Home

Folk Roots to the Present

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s core, permanent exhibition tells the story of country music from its pre-commercial roots in the nineteenth century through its vibrant life today. This exciting, multi-layered experience includes artifacts, photographs, original recordings, archival video, newly produced films, touchscreen interactive media, and beautifully rendered text panels.

Online Exhibitions

How Nashville’s vibrant, pioneering R&B community played a significant role in building Music City’s worldwide reputation.

Adapted for an online audience, this exhibition explores the impact of Bob Dylan’s 1960s Nashville recordings, Johnny Cash’s groundbreaking TV show, and the ace musicians known as the “Nashville Cats.”

The online exhibition Suiting the Sound spotlights the artistry of Western-wear designers, often known as “rodeo tailors,” whose couture designs helped create the indelible “rhinestone cowboy” image.

Explore the history of Music Row—the longtime center of Nashville’s music community—with a new multimedia web exhibit that brings that creative neighborhood's story to life. Produced by the Museum and free to access, “Historic Music Row” uses archival video, photos, music, and more from the Museum’s collections to trace the history of several of Music Row’s landmark businesses and the people who made world-famous music there.

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