People excited about touring Birthplace of Country Music Museum

BRISTOL, Va. - A busy weekend in downtown Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music Museum opened its doors. Many people got a chance to tour the museum Saturday and say it's great to see the Birthplace of Country Music finally recognized.

The 24,000 square foot museum focuses on telling the story of our musical heritage. It has an exhibit gallery, music mixing and listening stations and multiple theaters. Lots of folks said the short 20 minute film was one of their favorite parts.

People say the museum is also a great way to remember the Bristol Sessions, and those News 5 talked to who haven't visited the museum yet said, they can't wait to check it out.

"I've been a country music bluegrass fan for a long time and I think it's about time we recognize it," says Gary Wallen.

"When you first go in it's a sunrise in the mountains and you hear in the distance a lonesome train whistle, and growing up in the cornfields of West Virginia I had heard that all my life," says Kenneth Jarold who toured the museum.

Martina McBride, Carlene Carter, Doyle Lawson and Dale Jett  performed Sunday at the Paramount Center to conclude the museum celebration.

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