Locals, Pay What You Want

Visit the Museum December 1–January 31 and pay what you want. Residents of Davidson and bordering counties are invited to access the Museum’s exhibits, programs, and more for daily pay-what-you-want admission.

Plan Your Visit

  1. Live in one of these counties? (Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, Wilson)
  2. Decide what to pay, if anything
  3. Plan your visit (advance reservation recommended)
  4. Bring proof of residency (per ticket)—driver’s license, college ID, mail, utility bill, etc.

Tuesday Nights At The Museum

Start your new year off right with live music and hands-on activities in January—the Museum will stay open until 8:00 PM on Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, and 23, for special programming.

Complimentary parking is available across the river at Nissan Stadium with optional two-way shuttle service to the Museum.

East Nash Grass

Due to inclement weather, the East Nash Grass
performance has been canceled.


Stephanie Urbina Jones & The Honky Tonk Mariachi

Tuesday, January 23, 2024
6:30 – 7:30 PM 



  • 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.
  • Free Parking Opportunity: On Tuesday nights in January (January 2, January 9, January 16, and January 23), the Museum will offer complimentary parking across the river at Nissan Stadium with optional two-way shuttle service to the Museum (5–7 minutes) for ticket holders. Shuttle service starts at 4:00 PM and runs every 15–20 minutes until 9 PM (1 hour after the Museum closes). The parking lot will be locked after 9 PM. Guests can also park at Nissan Stadium and walk via the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to the Museum (10–12 minutes).


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

The Museum is offering pay-what-you-want ticket admission for locals beginning Friday, Dec. 1, through Jan. 31, 2024. Any dollar amount you want to provide will be accepted for Museum admission.

Anyone living in Davidson County and its bordering counties—Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.

Yes. You can pay any amount, including if you want to pay $0.

Museum admission is normally $29.95 for visitors ages 13 and over, and $19.95 for youth ages 6-12. Children under five are admitted free. 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.

Yes. Locals are encouraged to reserve timed tickets in advance here. Each adult who reserves a ticket will need to present proof of residency upon arrival at the Museum. 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. On Tuesdays, January 2, 9, 16, and 23, Museum hours will be extended to 8 p.m.

Each adult 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.

All children or minors accompanied by a local adult receive pay-what-you-want admission. Children or minors do not need to show identification or proof of residency, if they are accompanied by an adult who provides proof of local residency.

Guests ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or chaperone who is age 18 or older. Guests ages 13-17 who are not accompanied an adult may present one of the following for pay-what-you-want admission:

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

Yes. College students may present student identification from universities or colleges located in Davidson or its bordering counties. Bills or pieces of mail with a local address will also be accepted with any photo identification.

Each adult member of your group needs to provide proof of local residency upon arrival to the Museum to receive pay-what-you-want admission. If members of your group do not live in Davidson or its bordering counties, they may purchase advance tickets here or upon arrival to the Museum, based on availability.

Groups can reserve up to eight advance tickets online for pay-what-you-want-admission. If you need to reserve more than eight tickets, please call 615-416-2001 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, or email reservations@countrymusichalloffame.org.

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.

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

Yes. The Museum offers a variety of family and public programs, which are included with pay-what-you-want admission. 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.

Pay-what-you-want admission only includes 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 18, 52, 55, 84, and 86. Parking is available in public garages and surface lots. Visit parkitdowntown.com for an interactive parking map and more resources. For more visiting information, visit the Museum’s “Know Before You Go” page.

Yes. Museum members receive a $5 discount at select Metropolis lots located near the Museum. Visit the Museum’s Membership page for more information.

Yes. For the first four Tuesdays in January — January 2, 9, 16 and 23 — the Museum will extend its hours to 8 p.m. and include music-centric evening programs included with pay-what-you-want admission. See upcoming programs here.

Yes. During the first four Tuesdays in January — January 2, 9, 16 and 23 — the museum will also offer complimentary parking at Nissan Stadium (Lot R) with a free shuttle service for Museum ticket holders between 4 and 9 p.m. (one hour after the Museum closes)

All Museum admission payments support the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational mission, which provides creative programs, workshops and classes for local schools, families and communities. Each year, Museum education programs serve more than 130,000 people from across Tennessee and beyond with offerings ranging from instrument demonstrations to the Museum’s flagship songwriting program for schools, Words & Music. Read more about the Museum and its mission.

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.

Current Exhibitions

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.

American Currents:

State of the Music

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers perspective on country music’s latest chapter with the exhibition American Currents: State of the Music. Presented annually, American Currents takes a broad view of the genre over the past year to explore musical developments, artist achievements, and notable events, as determined by the Museum’s curators and editorial staff.

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.

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.

Family Friendly Programming

Family Program: Songwriting Tune-Up
Dec 5
3:00 PM
Family Program: Explore Steel Guitar
Mar 30
Creative Zone: Bedazzled Buttons
Dec 10
11:00 AM
Family Program: WinterFest!
Dec 16
11:00 AM
Family Program: Paper Quilt Block
Jan 6
2:00 PM
Family Program: Beginner Fiddle Workshop
Jan 13
2:00 PM


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