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December 03, 2023

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Veterans Day at Country Music Hall of Fame

Active duty and retired armed services members can enjoy the museum for free this Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor active-duty and retired armed services members with free museum admission on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11.

As an additional token of thanks to the United States Armed Forces, past and present, the museum will also extend free admission for up to three immediate family members.

2023 Programming includes:

Thank a Soldier: Veterans Day Postcard

Taylor Swift Education Center; 11a.m.-1 p.m.

There is a long history of country music stars serving in the United States military, including Johnny Cash, George Jones, Willie Nelson and many others. To share appreciation for our military members and their families, join to 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. 

Songwriter Round with CreatiVets

Ford Theater; noon-12:45 p.m.

In partnership with CreatiVets, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower wounded veterans to heal through the arts and music, the museum provides songwriting support that fosters self-expression and allows veterans to transform their stories of trauma and struggle into songs to inspire and motivate continued healing. In this songwriter round, professional songwriters will perform songs written by CreatiVets participants and share the stories behind them. 

Family Program: Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

Taylor Swift Education Center; 2-3 p.m.

Attendees can bow a fiddle, pluck a banjo and strum a ukulele. The Musical Instrument Petting Zoo offers budding musicians a chance to try new and familiar 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 at the zoo. All ages. 

Songwriter Round with Operation Song

Ford Theater; 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Operation Song is an organization that pairs professional 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. 

Tickets & Discounts

Timed admission tickets can be reserved by calling 615-416-2001, or tickets can be obtained at the museum’s box office on Nov. 11. Valid military ID required to claim tickets. 

Active duty and retired armed services members will also receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store and the Hatch Show Print retail store on Saturday, Nov. 11.  

Free admission is available only for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Tours of Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B offered for a fee, based on availability. 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.