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National Museum of African American Music

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Visit Nashville's newest musical destination, the National Museum of African American Music. Experience interactive and immersive exhibits and learn the history and cultural impact behind your favorite artists. Explore the 56,000-square-foot facility, which is the only museum dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles.  Learn about the music that was created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop. Discover artifacts, objects, memorabilia, clothing, and state-of-the-art technology. Each gallery is designed to share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history. Hear the story of how a distinct group of people used their artistry to impact and change the world.

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2. Nashville: Top Attractions City Pass

The Nashville Explorer Pass offers you a selection of over 10 must-see attractions, landmarks, and tours for one discounted pre-paid price. Save up to 8% compared to regular admission, have everything arranged in advance, and get exclusive extras. Your pass features special perks including moonshine tastings, an Opry Mills coupon book, or a poster souvenir, helping you make the most of your Nashville trip and save even more along the way. Plus, there's no need to decide what you’ll do or see in advance, and you can take up to one year after purchasing the pass to make your first visit. Choose between a Circle Pass, Music Pass, or Fun Pass: Circle Pass This pass includes access to Nashville’s Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, National Museum of African America Music, and the option between Patsy Cline or Johnny Cash Museum. Music Pass This pass includes access to Nashville’s Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, and the option between RCA Studio B or Hatch Show Print Studio (with Hatch Souvenir Poster). Fun Pass This pass includes access to Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Johnny Cash Museum, Patsy Cline Museum, and the option between RCA Studio B or Hatch Show Print Studio (with Hatch Souvenir Poster).

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What people are saying about National Museum of African American Music

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4.9 / 5

based on 169 reviews

The team was extremely helpful in getting us checked in and prepared for this immersive musical experience. The opening film about the roots of African American music was so well done. I loved being able to experience music and media that I grew up with. I’m also a history buff, so I was fascinated with 19th and 20th century music history and culture.

The museum was well put together and enjoyable. If you take your time and watch and listen to all that was presented, you will be amazed. I was ready to take the tour again just in case I missed something. There was so much to see and learn it was like drinking water out of a fire hydrant. Loved it.

OMG!! This was the best experience of my trip. We stayed over 2 hours because it’s all interactive. If you love music then you will be well pleased.

I really had a great experience. This was my first time visiting and it was so amazing!

You will love this great educational experience! I encourage all to visit!