Through November 4th, the Country Music Hall of Fame will be celebrating Taylor Swift’s record-breaking world tour with the exhibition Taylor Swift: Speak Now-Treasures from the World Tour. With dozens of costumes, instruments, set pieces and props from the tour, this is an exhibit Swift fans won’t want to miss.
The six-time Grammy winner’s tour Speak Now World Tour has been highly acclaimed, much to the delight of over 1.5 million fans. The tour consisted of over 111 shows in 19 countries and 4 continents. “Taylor Swift’s Speak Now tour was one of the most successful tours in all of music and she has been an ambassador for country music, raising awareness of our genre literally around the globe,” said Museum Director Kyle Young, “We are delighted to be able to bring our visitors up close and personal with many of their favorite elements from the show, from the colorful and elaborate stage costumes and beautiful instruments, to the magnificent ‘Juliet balcony’ that Taylor entered near the conclusion of each show and ‘flew’ around the circumference of each venue.”
Swift isn’t just talented, she’s also generous, donating $4 million to the museum’s new education center. This is the largest capital contribution by any single artist in the museum’s history, and the new education center is to be named the Taylor Swift Education Center. The museum plans to open the new center in 2014.
The Swift exhibit will include several artifacts, like Swift’s red, sequined Jenny Packham slip dress and knee-high leather boots worn during “Better Than Revenge,” the Taylor brand koa wood ukulele with mother-of-pearl inlay, which Swift used during “Fearless,” and the Taylor brand “sparkle” guitar that’s encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
Open since 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame is a must-visit destination in Nashville. It not only exhibits artifacts from country music’s past, but also exceptional multi-media exhibits, live performances and public programs. The Country Music Hall of Fame’s mission is to “identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences.”
While you’re in the area, be sure to visit some of the other great musical attractions that are within walking distance of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visit the place where it all began when you go to Ryman Bluegrass Nights, where you can see some of the Bluegrass greats perform your favorite tunes. See the schedule here: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NashvilleTN/activity/RymanBluegrassNights.cfm
The Hilton Nashville Downtown, the Doubletree Hotel Nashville-Downtown and the Renaissance Nashville Hotel are all within half a mile of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For a truly country experience, add Nashville staple, The Grand Ole Opry to your visit.