(Courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
If it’s country, this hall of fame has it covered. The four-story museum takes up an entire city block with over 40,000 square feet of exhibit space devoted to the genre’s heroes and history. Even the building tells a story. The dark, narrow windows on the façade are designed to resemble piano keys; from above, the building is shaped like a bass clef; and the front wall’s slanted end is a nod to late-1950s Cadillac tail fins. Inside, there’s music memorabilia (from Mother Maybelle Carter’s 1928 Gibson guitar to an exhibit covering Ray Charles’ contribution to the craft), clips of country recordings past and present, and copies of every gold and platinum country record ever made. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Tickets: Adult $24.95; seniors, students & AAA $22.50; military $21.50; ages 6-12 $14.95; ages 5 and under free.