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Museum Partners With Google To Create Unique Interactive Online Experience

December 03, 2015
Exterior of Country Music Hall of Fame taken from a drone.

Museum’s Popular Exhibit Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy
Featured in First-of-Its-Kind Virtual Exhibition

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – December 3, 2015 –Tuesday, Google announced the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s participation in the opening of the Google Cultural Institute, a new online exhibition that offers unique, interactive, online experiences from 60 of the world’s foremost cultural institutions. With events at Carnegie Hall, and in six other cities across the globe, Google debuted this first-of-its-kind exhibition, which allows viewers to experience the best in dance, music, opera and more.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum shares its popular 2008–09 exhibition Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy. Through rare and previously unavailable images, provided by the Hank Williams family, the exhibit examines the ways in which American music continues to be measured by the standards Williams set. It also explores the connections between this revered figure in country music and his creative heirs, biological and cultural.

“Our mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the evolving history of country music,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “The Hank Williams story is a multi-layered saga of triumph and tragedy, set in the hardscrabble South over several generations. Partnering with Google allows us to tell that story around the world, beyond the life of the Family Tradition exhibit. This collaboration is a game-changer.”

Amit Sood, director of the Google Cultural Institute, commented: “We are delighted to collaborate with so many of the world’s renowned arts institutions, representing the best in drama, dance, music, and opera. For the first time, they’ve been brought together in one virtual space. Our goal is to open up performing arts to all, to catch the eye of the curious and offer access to details that even die-hard fans have never seen before.”

Other cultural arts centers participating include: American Ballet Theatre, Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan Opera and many more.

Family Tradition, the museum’s online exhibition, is open now at the Google Cultural Institute website and available on mobiles, tablets and desktop computers. Be sure to follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #HonorThyMusic.


Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture.  With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates Historic RCA Studio B, Hatch Show PrintTM, CMF Records, the museum’s Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and under agreements with the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Google Cultural Institute:
Since the Google Cultural Institute was launched in 2011, it has worked closely with museums, foundations and other archives, from Carnegie Hall to the Musee D'Orsay in Paris to the British Museum in London. More than 800 partners from over 60 countries make accessible online a total of 6 million artworks, photos, videos, manuscripts and other documents of art, culture and history, and by doing so, preserve it for future generations.


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