We visited three museums while in Nashville. I didn’t plan that but it sure is convenient for today’s post!
- The first one we went to was the Country Music Hall of Fame. We went on Monday because it was freezing out and I figured an indoor activity would be a good thing. This museum is BIG. Really big. And some of it – to me anyway – was a little dull. But Dale loved it and there is certainly a lot to see, from costumes and boots to gold records and cars and more.
- We also visited the Johnny Cash Museum. I really enjoyed this one and it gave a great history of Cash’s life and his incredible musical career. One point they made that I thought was so interesting was that he has the distinction of being a musician who record in every available format so far, from 78s to 8 track all the way to mp3s. There’s a great video in the museum of many of his film and tv roles that’s super entertaining. The most moving part of the whole thing for me, though, was that they show his “Hurt” video at the end and it’s a very powerful way to exit.
- Finally, we visited the Ryman Auditorium. We didn’t get to see a show because our schedule just didn’t work for it but we still enjoyed the tour so much. The video at the very beginning of the tour is excellent and gives a great history of the Ryman and the theater itself is beautiful. While we were there Dale did a recording in their studio and that was really fun for him and we’ve enjoyed playing Dale vocals, accompanied by the Grand Old Opry orchestra, to “King of the Road” for our friends and family.
Of course there are plenty of other museums to visit, like the Patsy Cline Museum, and we did take a side trip over to Franklin where we toured The Carter House but these three were the highlights of the trip for me.
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