NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2020 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum today announced a record-breaking 1,297,433 guests toured the museum, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print in 2019—marking the fifth consecutive year the organization welcomed more than one million visitors.
In 2019 alone, more than 114,400 museum visitors engaged in over 1,600 educational programs. Through the museum’s ongoing Community Counts program, nearly 5,000 Middle Tennessee youth 18 and under from Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson counties were able to tour the museum for free.
“We’ve been around and part of Nashville’s community for over 50 years,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “We rolled the dice and came downtown in 2001. Then, we expanded in 2014. These moves allowed us to double our space, grow our staff and broaden our offerings to tell the ever-evolving country music story. I’m proud to share that our attendance numbers continue to grow, and that in 2019, we welcomed a record number of visitors.”
In 2019, the museum opened exhibitions on Keith Whitley, Kacey Musgraves and Country Music Hall of Fame members Brooks & Dunn and Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, as well as the exhibit American Currents: The Music of 2018. Other highlights included:
- Marty Stuart’s artist-in-residence, which consisted of three nights of star-studded, self-curated performances
- Historic RCA Studio B being named the 2019 Experience of the Year by Travelsphere Holidays
- Hatch Show Print celebrating its 140th year and creating iconic and historic posters for each of the NFL’s 32 teams for the 2019 NFL Draft
- Sixteen performances in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This year, the annual exhibition American Currents: State of the Music opens Friday, March 6, and offers insight into country music’s latest chapter. The museum will devote separate exhibits to the lives and careers of Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, award-winning, powerhouse vocalist Martina McBride and acclaimed artist Chris Stapleton.
Additionally, visitors can experience the museum’s continuing exhibition Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s, which looks at the relationship between Austin, Texas, and Nashville during the 1970s, an era of freewheeling cultural and artistic exchange that skirted the status quo and changed country music. The exhibition is open through Feb. 14, 2021.
More information about the museum can be found at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Kelly McGlumphy 615.416.2024 KMcGlumphy@countrymusichalloffame.org
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 welcomes over one million patrons each year, placing it among the most visited 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 in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and 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.