6 ways to save on admission to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame

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Update (Aug. 9, 2022): Adult admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame costs $27.95 before fees. Youth admission costs $17.95. Seniors can enter for $25.95.

There is no denying that it is pricey to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — where regular admission is $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children 6-12. Even seniors have to pay $22.50 to get into the museum.

But if you are a "local," listen up, because you don't have to pay top dollar, or in some cases you don't have to pay anything at all, thanks to the museum's "Community Counts" promotion.

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The program offers a welcome assortment of museum admission deals for Middle Tennesseans (Davidson and surrounding counties), but I was a little confused about how it all worked, so I decided to break it down to make it easier to understand — and easier to take advantage of.

No point in paying $24.95 for something you could get for free in one of the educational and fun things to do in Nashville.

Kids get free admission

Youth 18 and under from Davidson and bordering counties get in free, as part of the museum’s Community Counts initiative. Up to two accompanying adults receive 25 percent off their admission.


The Community Counts Passport program operates through a partnership with the Nashville Public Library that allows Davidson County residents (all ages) to visit the museum for free by "checking out" a Community Counts Passport from any Nashville Public Library. You just the passport in at the museum box office and it gets two people in for free.

Library spokeswoman Andrea Fanta said that since the launch of the Community Counts Passport initiative, 315 passports have been checked out from the library's 21 locations. She added that the checkouts "seem to be pretty balanced/even" across the system.

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"What I’m hearing is that patrons are excited about the passports and even asking us “what’s next?” in terms of similar passes to other arts and culture venues and attractions around town. That’s something we’re definitely exploring at the Library," Fanta said.

Family membership discount

Households from Davidson and contiguous counties that are enrolled in public assistance programs can purchase a family membership for just $5. Regularly $100, this membership includes unlimited access to the museum’s galleries and programs during regular business hours for an entire year, as well as discounts at museum restaurants and stores and invitations to member-only events.

Full price memberships

The regular annual Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum memberships are $50 for an individual or $100 for a family (two adults and two children 12 and under). These memberships offer unlimited admission for the year. and pay for themselves if you got two times or more.

Troubadour Society

This is a special membership for people 21-45 and includes exclusive concerts and special events for young professionals, as well as unlimited admission. The cost is $60 for an individual and $110 for a dual membership.

Fall break deals

Fall break is a good time for families to enjoy the Hall of Fame and Museum with its Fall Break Fun program (Sept. 30-Oct. 15) where area students can explore the museum with a fall break activity pack full of gallery games, at-home activities, and cool keepsakes. Proof of local residency is required for the free admission and up to two accompanying adults get a 25 percent discount on admission.

The counties that are considered "local" for fall break and Community Counts include: Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson.

"'Community Counts' is an extension of our commitment to provide our locals with unforgettable experiences. Our hope is that locals will visit the museum time and time again through this initiative,” said museum Director of Education and Programming Ali Tonn.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Community Counts Passport program is designed to give more access to local individuals and families. So far, 1,136 people have visited the museum through Community Counts. Of these 347 came through the "Passport" and five families have purchased the special $5 memberships. For more information about Community Counts, call 615-416-2001 or see countrymusichalloffame.org http://countrymusichalloffame.org/CommunityCounts.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Things to do Nashville: 6 deals for Country Music Hall of Fame