Swift Exhibition To Open At Hall Of Fame In Time For CMA Fest

The exhibition will include artifacts from the tour's vignettes, such as this Valentino ball gown, dancers’ and aerialists’ costumes, and the “Juliet balcony” in which Swift soared above the crowd while performing “Love Story.” Swift recently pledged $4 million for an education center at the museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has tons of events lined up for music lovers coming to Nashville for next week’s CMA Music Festival, and one highlight is sure to be the June 6 opening of Taylor Swift: Speak Now—Treasures from the World Tour.

The exhibition running through Nov. 4, 2012, includes dozens of costumes, instruments, and props from the tour which entertained more than 1.5 million fans over 111 shows in 19 countries. The Speak Now exhibition will recreate 10 vignettes from the tour.

On display will be designer gowns by Roberto Cavalli, Marchesa and Jenny Packham; and instruments including a shimmering red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, Deering six-string banjo with rolled steel drum, and Taylor brand koa wood ukulele with mother-of-pearl inlay.

During June 5-9, museum visitors will be able to attend autograph signings and/or performances with new and legendary artists. Live from the Museum Store, Presented by CMT will include autograph signings with Lee Brice, Lee Greenwood, the Oak Ridge Boys and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride, as well as performances and autograph signings with Casey James, Tracy Lawrence, Love and Theft, Joanna Smith and Josh Thompson.

The museum will also present a special Songwriter Session with Kellie Pickler, and a tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins by Steve Wariner.

On Tues., June 5 David Nail will kick off this summer’s Hot Nights at the Hall series. Also on the schedule are Jana Kramer (July 13) and Love and Theft (Aug. 31). The shows run 6-9 p.m. and are for Museum members only.

For details visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

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