CCTV9英语新闻:Nashville country music museum welcomes contemporary exhibits

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is no longer bursting at the seams. Thanks to a $100 million dollar expansion, the museum has more than doubled its original space and added more interactive and contemporary exhibits.

The expansion adds more than 200,000 square feet of space to the existing building, including an 800-seat theater, an event hall overlooking the city skyline, and a working print shop. In order to draw in younger fans, new galleries have not only added interactive exhibits, but also focused on the current trends in contemporary country music and today’s biggest stars.

"These are the boots that Eric Church was inspired to write 'These Boots' about. And there’s the very famous radio that Alan Jackson’s father gave him that he used to listen to some of the earliest country music on," Carolyn Tate of Museum Services showed some of the exhibits. 

One of the most generous benefactors of the museum’s expansion is Taylor Swift, so the museum has honored her by installing a well-known tour bus.

"So we put in here a full scale 75-foot replica of her bus. And on the interior are two recording studios and I think six design studios where you can see what you would look like on a Hall of Fame plaque, you can design your own album cover, your own stage set," Tate said.

Also part of the expansion is the addition of the iconic Hatch Show Print shop, which made posters for the earlier Grand Ole Opry stars. The new location in the museum gives the shop more space to create handmade prints, as well as a large gallery space to display their work.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.