Kids

Local Kids Visit Free

Plan a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this summer! Local youth 18 and under who are residents of Davidson and bordering counties, including Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson are always free, plus 25% off admission for up to two accompanying adults.

Plan Your Visit

  1. Live in one of these counties? (Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson)
  2. Plan your visit and reserve tickets
  3. Bring proof of residency—one person in each party, adult or youth, must prove residency through one of the following methods:
  • Youth: School ID, Library Card, Driver’s License or Permit, Report Card, School T-shirt
  • Adult: Photo ID, bill, or piece of mail that includes your local address (printed or shown from a mobile device)

Family Programs and Activities

Explore, discover, and create all summer long through a variety of family friendly programs and activities. Young explorer and sensory kits, family friendly scavenger hunts, coloring pages, and gallery interactives are always available. The Museum also offers drop-in programming and workshops for diverse family audiences throughout the week.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays, all day – Grab a take-and-make kit to create instruments out of repurposed materials like spoons, rubber bands, and more. Find inspiration in the galleries and get creative at home!
  • Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–noon – Bow a fiddle, pluck a banjo, and strum a ukulele! The Musical Instrument Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar instruments in a drop-in setting.
  • Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.–noon – Get into a Creative Zone by creating arts and crafts related to Museum artifacts and exhibitions.
  • Saturdays, 1–2 p.m. – Express yourself through music, dance, or art in drop-in and workshop-based programs. Explore line dancing, create a friendship bracelet, learn to play an ukulele, and more during Saturday afternoon programs. 

Select programs listed below. Explore the full family programs calendar here.

Upcoming Family Programs

Family Program: Bedazzled Buttons
Jun 13
Songwriting Camp
Family Program: Songwriting Camp Showcase
Jun 15
9:00 AM
Photo of a rolled up bandana with paper cutout
Family Program: DIY Festival Headbands
Jun 15
Family Program: String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry
Jun 24
10:00 AM
Family Program: Velvet Elvis Painting
Jun 29
Family Jam Session
Jul 6

Parking

There are several paid lots located around the Museum. The Music City Center (6th Avenue South and Demonbreun) and the Hilton Hotel are both across the street from the Museum and offer paid parking. Visit ParkItDowntown.com for additional options.

Languages

The Museum has guidebooks available that share exhibit themes in Spanish, Arabic, and Kurdish for guests’ use during their visit.  Audio guides are available in Spanish, French, German, and Japanese that offer interpretation of exhibited artifacts. Unified English Braille code is also available. Visit the Museum’s Information Desk for more details about accessing these resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any youth ages 18 and under living in Davidson County and its bordering counties — Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.

Yes. Up to two accompanying adults receive 25% off general Museum admission. Museum admission is normally $29.95 for visitors ages 13 and over, and $19.95 for youth ages 6-12. Children under five are always admitted free.

Yes. The Museum offers a variety of family and public programs, which are included with the free admission. Family activities will be offered daily during the summer. Space may be limited, based on availability. Visitors are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance for programs located in the Museum’s theaters by calling 615-416-2001 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, or emailing reservations@countrymusichalloffame.org. View upcoming programs here.

Yes. This summer, those eligible are encouraged to reserve timed tickets in advance here. Those who reserve a ticket will need to present proof of residency upon arrival at the Museum. Up to two accompanying adults can receive 25% off general Museum admission. Timed tickets are available for Museum entry between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a limited number of Museum admission tickets available each day. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One visitor will need to present one of the following upon arrival at the Museum:

  • Any photo identification that includes your local address.
  • Any bill or piece of mail that includes a local address, along with any photo identification. Bills may be printed or shown from a mobile device.

Guests ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult or chaperone who is age 16 or older. Guests ages 16-17 who are not accompanied by an adult may present one of the following for free admission:

  • School ID
  • Library card
  • Driver’s license or permit
  • A recent report card
  • Wear a school shirt

Only one group member needs to provide proof of local residency upon arrival to the Museum to receive free or discounted admission.

This offer is intended for family use and is not applicable to group visits. If you are organizing a visit on behalf of a Tennessee school or youth group, please review program and pricing options here.

The Museum’s permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home, tells the story of country music from its pre-commercial roots in the nineteenth century through its vibrant life today. The Museum’s galleries feature priceless artifacts, including instruments, stage wear, one-of-a-kind recordings, films and more. Along the way, visitors can enjoy a variety of temporary or rotating exhibits. Read more about current Museum exhibits and family activities.

The Museum’s self-guided experience takes approximately 90 minutes.

The free admission for youth and the adult discounted tickets only include access to the Museum’s galleries and programs. Additional experiences like Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print tours can be purchased and reserved in advance by calling 615-416-2001 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central or emailing reservations@countrymusichalloffame.org.

There are several paid parking lots located around the Museum. The Music City Center (6th Avenue South and Demonbreun) and the Hilton Hotel are both across the street from the Museum and offer paid parking.

Additionally, the Museum is walking distance from WeGo Public Transit routes 6, 52, 55, 64, and 93. Parking is available in public garages and surface lots. Visit parkitdowntown.com for an interactive parking map and more resources. For more information, visit the Museum’s “Know Before You Go” page.

Yes. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum strives to provide all visitors with an enjoyable experience by offering services to assist with various needs and abilities. Visit the Museum’s accessibility page for more information.

Call the Museum seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central at 615-416-2001, or email questions to reservations@countrymusichalloffame.org. More answers to commonly asked questions about the Museum are here.

If you live in Davidson and bordering counties, the Museum’s Community Counts program offers free admission to youth ages 18 and under and a variety of access opportunities for adults year-round.

Current Exhibitions

American Currents:

State of the Music

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual exhibitionAmerican Currents: State of the Music a broad look at country music and its place in American culture over the past year. The latest installment, open now through February 2025, features music and moments from cozy clubs to arena rafters.

Night Train to Nashville:

Music City Rhythm & Blues Revisited

In celebration of its twentieth anniversary, Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues Revisited returns to the Museum on April 26, 2024. The acclaimed 2004–2005 exhibit explored an often-overlooked chapter of Nashville’s musical history—an influential rhythm & blues scene that thrived from the 1940s through the 1960s. And the exhibit’s companion compilation album won a Grammy in 2005. This twentieth-anniversary edition of Night Train revisits highlights from the exhibit’s debut, along with new artifacts and rare photos.

An American Masterwork:

Thomas Hart Benton’s "Sources of Country Music" at 50

An American Masterwork: Thomas Hart Benton’s “Sources of Country Music” at 50 explores Benton’s process in creating his final painting, which was commissioned by the Museum in 1973. The exhibit includes sketches, drawings, lithographs, photographs, and a three-dimensional model of the painting, along with a 1975 video of Benton speaking about the mural.

Patty Loveless:

No Trouble with the Truth

Patty Loveless: No Trouble with the Truth explores the influential career and enduring music of Patty Loveless. From staking out a distinctive place in country music beginning in the 1980s to her talent for finding memorable material and her embrace of traditional influences, this exhibit illustrates Loveless’s role in the genre through personal and career artifacts, photos, interviews, and more.

Eric Church:

Country Heart, Restless Soul

Eric Church: Country Heart, Restless Soul, presented by Gibson, is now open. This new exhibit traces Church’s life and career—from his North Carolina roots and experience as a Nashville songwriter to his place as one of country music’s revered rule breakers.

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.

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