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What $100 Million Will Buy You at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

April 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

There’s all kinds of things that may come to mind when one thinks of Nashville, but one of the first that pops into one’s head has to be country music. At least that’s what the city is banking on, as they’re cashing in their savings and spending a whole bunch of money to update and improve one of their most visited attractions.

Over the last few years around $100 million has been spent to expand and upgrade the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and that means more room for exhibits, artifacts, and visitors. Just this week the final expansion opened up to the public, and museum officials are hoping this will bring even more to town and to the museum to check things out.

There’s a lot of emphasis on contemporary country music, but they do try their best to show the connections between today’s and yesterday’s scene. Some of the latest additions include an 800-seat theater, a new event hall with a view of the city, a print shop, plenty of storage, some classrooms, and even an educational area named after Taylor Swift.

Some of the new exhibit galleries—known as the ACM Gallery and the Fred and Dinah Gretsch Family Gallery—show off stuff from the latest and greatest in the country music scene like the story behind Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton doing their thing to host the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Technology enables visitors to earn badges and other electronic doodads as they make their way through exhibits, make up song lyrics, and check out things from the archives. If you're in town and want to see things for yourself admission is $25 per adult with kids under five getting in for free—just remember those boots and cowboy hat.

[Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum / Facebook]

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