Country Music Hall of Fame Museum Nashville

January 11, 2011 MuseumChick

Fighting a slight hangover from the day before, friends and I decided to just eat too much fried food and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. So, after trying fried green tomatoes for the first time we slowly moped over to the museum.

The museum cost a whopping 37 million dollars and was designed by two local architecture firms and I was told from a friend that the museum was designed to look like a 1950s Cadillac tail fin with “piano keys” as windows which a lady inside confirmed.

Here are a few differences about New Yorkers and Nashvillians that I learned from the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum-

1. Nashvillians are nice. You may already know this but I found this out from a sympathetic lady at the front desk of the museum. Like I said, we (along with our headache) slowly wandered over to the museum after eating too many ribs and fried things. So by the time we got there it was 20 minutes before the museum closed. The lady at the front desk said “y’all shouldn’t pay the whole $20 for only 20 minutes, so just go through the back for free”. Nothing like that has ever happened to me in New York.

2. Nashvillians need to be told constantly not to bring weapons into public spaces. I saw this on almost every door I went through, no exaggeration, restaurants, shops, museums, bars, etc. I don’t see this on many doors in New York. I think it’s basically known that weapons in restaurants, museums and shops aren’t allowed.

After some informal learning about cultural differences we entered through the back of the museum, which means we got to see the most popular part of the museum first- The Country Music Hall of Fame.

I snapped a few shots of the few musicians’ plaques that I knew…

But I particularly liked this painting called “The Sources of Country Music” by early 20th century American Regionalist painter, Thomas Hart Benton. It read underneath that this painting is dedicated to the memory of the famous American country music singer and actor, Woodward Maurice “Tex” Ritter.

Next to the painting were the preliminary sketches so that the viewer can see the process through which the painting was created.

And I snapped this shot for all my girls out there- Taylor Swift’s glittery, Reem Acra gown she wore to the 43rd CMAs where she was the youngest person ever to win Entertainer of the Year.

©2011 Danee Gilmartin All rights reserved

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  1. Nada Fuqua 11.7.2014

    delighted to find the Benton painting was moved from the old building to the new location! Benton died soon after he finished
    this fine piece

  2. Jack 09.2.2014

    Is it true that Carl Smith was not allowed to be put in the museum until Johnny and June Carter Cash died ?? If so why ?? I really think Carl was the better singer. But I also liked the other two. And also why did I not see anything of Charley Collins ?? He was the man on the Martin guitar and he knew how to play it. So says old Roy Acuff. We don’t go to the Opry any more and haven’t in about 20 years. Just don’t like what they call new country music. It’s more like trash music to me.

  3. Emily 01.13.2011

    As a musician, I can't believe I have never visited Nashville! That museum looks awesome. I LOVE the piano key windows. And how sweet that the lady just let you guys in. I live in Texas, and Southern hospitality really does exist! And people here in Austin worship Willie Nelson–we even named a street after him recently!

    • MuseumChick 01.14.2011

      Hi Emily- You should go one day. It's a lot of fun and there is music everywhere!

  4. Camels & Chocola 01.12.2011

    In the South, there's often need to clarify that you best check your gun at the door ;-)