The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is honoring active-duty and retired armed services members with free museum admission on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
As an additional thanks to the U.S. Armed Forces, past and present, the museum will also extend free admission for up to three immediate family members. Timed admission tickets can be reserved by calling 615-416-2001, or obtained at the museum’s box office on Nov. 11. Valid military ID is required to claim tickets. Due to limited capacity, advanced reservations are highly recommended. Active duty and retired armed services members will also receive a 10 percent discount at the Museum Store and the Hatch Show Print retail store on Nov. 11. Tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B are offered for a fee, based on availability.
Visitors to the museum’s website can also listen to a selection of songs written by veterans through the museum’s partnership with CreatiVets. As a result of the collaboration — which began in 2018 — more than 115 veterans have partnered with songwriters to craft songs through the museum’s Words & Music program.
Special programming throughout the day will include:
- Thank a Soldier: Veterans Day Postcard – To share appreciation for our military members and their families, create postcards for active-duty troops. Through A Million Thanks, a nonprofit organization that provides support to military members, cards will be mailed to those serving overseas. All ages. (Taylor Swift Education Center; 11a.m.-1 p.m.)
- Songwriter Round with CreatiVets – In partnership with CreatiVets, a nonprofit empowering wounded veterans to heal through the arts and music, the museum provides songwriting support that fosters self-expression and allows vets to transform their stories of trauma and struggle into songs to inspire and motivate continued healing. In this songwriter round, songwriters will perform songs written by CreatiVets participants and share the stories behind them. (Ford Theater; 12-12:45 p.m.)
- Family Program: Musical Instrument Petting Zoo – Attendees can bow a fiddle, pluck a banjo and strum a ukulele at the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, which offers budding musicians a chance to try instruments. The program will begin with a demonstration of the instruments by a professional musician, then instructors will offer guidance as participants try their hand at all the instruments. All ages. (Taylor Swift Education Center; 2-3 p.m.)
- Songwriter Round with Operation Song – Operation Song pairs songwriters with veterans, active-duty military members and their families to help them share their experiences through song. In this special songwriter round, professional writers will perform songs written with Operation Song participants and share the stories behind them. (Ford Theater; 2:30-3:15 p.m.)
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