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Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

“Participating in Museum Day Live! is an important way for us to be accessible to our whole community," said Dr. Jessica Turner, Director of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. "It also helps us remind the public that we are part of a network of museums across the United States that are striving to offer the best exhibits and programming possible to our communities. As a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, we connect the best of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum with the vast offerings of the Smithsonian Institution."

Your Museum Day Live! ticket to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum will give you free access to the core exhibits and our Special Exhibits Gallery. Through text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, film and sound, and interactive displays, the core exhibits tell the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, highlight the evolving sound technology that shaped their success, and explore how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music. You will also be able to visit our special exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. This Smithsonian traveling exhibit illustrates the huge diversity of musical traditions and practices in the United States from bluegrass and blues to klezmer and Native American sacred music.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download now at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two people at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. One ticket per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday/.

For more information, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive..

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually..

The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) was established to preserve and promote the rich music heritage of our region. In 1998, the US Congress passed a bill that officially recognized Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music. Through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and its mission, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and a multitude of community and educational outreach programs, BCM’s vision is to promote Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia as the Birthplace of Country Music. For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music, visit www.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.

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