NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2020) – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum today announced that it will reopen its galleries to the public at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. The day before, Wednesday, Sept. 9, the museum will open at the same hour for museum members.
Tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B will resume in a limited capacity. The Taylor Swift Education Center will be closed to the public for the time being. All in-person programming remains on hiatus. All exhibitions that had opened before the museum closed on March 13 have been extended.
"We closed March 13, and since that day we have been anticipating and preparing for the museum’s reopening," said Kyle Young, museum CEO. "The museum places its highest premium on health and safety. Because there has been steady improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases and a significant decline in transmission rates locally plus a decrease in new cases nationally over the past four weeks, we have decided to reopen. The museum experience will be slightly different—visitors will wear masks, practice social distancing, tour in smaller groups and enter the museum according to a pre-arranged, staggered schedule, and there will be no in-person programming. But our commitment to sharing the country music story has not changed."
The museum will reopen in alignment with Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s Roadmap for Reopening Nashville. Policies and procedures will help ensure a safe and healthy environment for guests, staff and volunteers. In addition to being a part of the Good to Go Program, the museum worked with the Metro Health Department’s Policy Department to review and refine safety protocols and procedures. Guidelines include:
- Masks for staff and guests over age 2
- Temperature checks for staff and guests entering the building
- Intensified and expanded cleaning routines, which include disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as elevator buttons, touchscreens and handrails
- Timed ticketing and touchless transactions
Additional information on the museum’s health and safety guidelines and reopening details can be found at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. The 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 is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and for the last five consecutive years has welcomed over one million patrons each year, placing it among the 10 most-visited history museums in the U.S. The Country Music Foundation operates Historic RCA Studio B®, Hatch Show Print® poster shop, CMF Records, the Frist Library and Archive and CMF Press. Museum programs are supported by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.