National Museum of African American Music

#12 in Best Things To Do in Nashville

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Price & Hours

$24.95 for adults; $13.50 for children ages 7 - 17
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 3.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The city of Nashville embodies more than just country music, and nowhere is this more apparent than at the National Museum of African American Music. Opened in 2020, the museum aims to educate visitors on the influence of African American people on more than 50 genres of popular music, including jazz, gospel and hip-hop.

Each of the museum's galleries focuses on how African American music changed through specific time periods. The "Wade in the Water" gallery highlights the call-and-response spirituals of the 1600s, while the "Crossroads" gallery showcases work songs sung by enslaved people in the 19th century. The "Love Supreme" gallery teaches museumgoers about the Harlem Renaissance's influence on music, and the "One Nation Under a Groove" gallery details the emergence of R&B starting in the 1940s and chronicles music popularized by the civil rights era. Finally, "The Message" gallery offers a detailed look into hip-hop, rap and youth culture up until the present day. Visitors can use interactive touch screens in the Rivers of Rhythm Pathways and watch immersive films in the Roots Theater. Throughout the museum, visitors will find musical artifacts, including recording equipment, sheet music, instruments and costumes, used by prominent African American artists. 

The 56,000-square-foot museum is located just a stone's throw from Music Row in the city's Arts District. Adult tickets cost $24.95, while those between ages 7 and 17 will pay a discounted $13.50. Children 6 and younger enter for free. The museum is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. If you want to join a tour group for a more in-depth visit, make note that the tours leave every 30 minutes, and the last tour departs at 4 p.m. each day. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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