The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum celebrated a major milestone this week as it unveiled its 210,000-square-foot expansion, more than doubling the size of its iconic home in downtown Nashville.
The grand opening ceremony, made possible with support from Ford Motor Company and the Middle Tennessee Ford Dealers, took place in the museum’s Event Hall overlooking the Nashville skyline. Roof-raising performances by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, the McCrary Sisters, Ricky Skaggs, the Valentines and Lee Ann Womack, accompanied by the Grand Opening All-Star Band, under the direction of Buddy Miller, served as soul-stirring reminders of the diverse musical family the museum exists to exalt, while Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Museum Director Kyle Young and museum board Chairman Steve Turner each delivered inspiring commemorative remarks. The event drew hundreds of today’s music industry, government and community leaders, as well as original, longtime museum visionaries such as Country Music Hall of Fame member and board Chairman Emeritus Bud Wendell and enthusiastic members of the general public.
The celebration marked the final phase of the museum’s expansion—10,000 square feet of new gallery space—joining recently opened additions including the 800-seat CMA Theater, the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new home for the legendary and thriving letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and the Event Hall. The expansion also includes much-needed archival and library storage, allowing for even more robust cultivation of the museum’s treasured collection.
One of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s new exhibits lets you sing a song in a mini recording studio. Take a look at Big D & Bubba’s Executive Producer Patrick singing along to Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Seriously, watch it…it will make your day!