No city in the world offers a music scene quite like Nashville. Music has been the common thread throughout the city’s history, from the early days of fiddle playing to the inception of the Grand Ole Opry and the honky tonks today. This Tennessee city certainly lives up to the moniker “Music City,” with hundreds of music venues and museums around every corner. Learn all about the artists and genres inspired by the city at the music museums in Nashville. From the Country Music Hall of Fame to The Johnny Cash Museum and the National Museum of African American Museum, there is endless music history to discover! 

AvantStay offers an impressive collection of Nashville vacation rentals in the heart of the city, so you can easily access local museums such as:

Country Music Hall of Fame

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The Country Music Hall of Fame offers the ultimate experience for country music lovers. The museum features galleries, exhibitions, artifacts, instruments, stage wear, recordings, and films of country musicians. You can also plan your visit around one of the upcoming shows at the CMA Theater if you want to catch a show in their state-of-the-art music venue.

The Johnny Cash Museum

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This Nashville museum features the most extensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia worldwide. The collection includes stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, artwork, and handwritten lyrics. After you have explored the life and legacy of the Man in Black, you can head next door to Johnny Cash’s Bar & BBQ for Southern comfort food and great drinks.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Musicians Hall of Fame Museum highlights artists from every genre of music with galleries, memorabilia, and rotating exhibits. See the studio where Elvis recorded his biggest hits, Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, and meet the artists who called Nashville home. Your ticket also includes admission to the Grammy Museum Gallery, where you can experience the recording process firsthand.

National Museum of African American Music

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This is one of Nashville’s newest museums, and the only museum in the country dedicated to preserving and celebrating Black Music in America. Six galleries feature artifacts highlighting the history of blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop. The galleries tell the story through interactive technology and exhibits that bring the past to life.

Madame Tussauds

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Come face to face with Nashville’s music legends at Madame Tussauds. The museum will take you through iconic Nashville music venues like the Ryman Auditorium. Whether you want to snap a picture with The King, meet the greats of jazz, or party with Katy Perry, snap the best vacation photos at Madame Tussauds.

Other music museums in Nashville:

Willie Nelson & Friends Museum, Glen Campbell Museum, & Patsy Cline Museum.

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Start your vacation in Music City by visiting the music museums in Nashville. Then read our AvantStay blog on the 33 Best Things to Do in Nashville for more vacation ideas. We offer over 70 Nashville vacation rentals, whether you are looking for a suite in the heart of the city or a large vacation home for your extended family. Experience the elevated homes and hospitality that make AvantStay different, and book your getaway today!

Published by Danielle Vito

As Senior Social Media Manager, Danielle manages AvantStay's social media platforms and writes content for the Atlas blog. Previously, Danielle was the Social Media Producer at The Points Guy where she ran TPG's Instagram and wrote articles on the most social media-worthy destinations, and tips on hacking your travels by using credit cards.

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