Museum scavenger hunts and exhibit activity guides make the galleries fun for kids to explore on their own or in collaboration with family members. Visit the Taylor Swift Education Center on the third floor to pick up materials. Exhibitions change often, so visit the exhibits page on the website for current information. The ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery, on the museum’s second floor, highlight contemporary country music and offers opportunities to record a song, test your country music knowledge, and much more.
YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
Programs for youth and families provide interactive fun with country music, and often involve experiences with professional musicians and artists. Examine artifacts up close, learn instrument basics, dance to country tunes, make original artwork, write a song, and so much more. Programs are offered every Saturday and most Sundays during the school year and every day from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Additional programs are scheduled during fall and spring break. Most programs take place in the Taylor Swift Education Center. String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry—a dynamic puppet show that tells the story of Music City through country music—takes up residence in the Ford Theater every summer and fall.
Visit our Calendar for a schedule of upcoming family programs.
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YOUNG EXPLORER BAG
Designed with the young child in mind, the Young Explorer Bag is an activity bag for free check-out to use in the galleries. It includes fun and educational activities and materials, as well as a caregiver’s guide to the Museum experience. There is a separate bag for the second and third floors of the Museum. We recommend planning an hour for each bag you would like to check out, but you are welcome to stay for a longer or shorter period of time.
See our Young Explorer Bag page for more information.
MUSEUM INFORMATION AND TIPS
- Walk, never run, through the museum.
- Flash photography, food, and drink are not allowed in the galleries.
- Families should always stay together when visiting the museum. It is helpful to have a meeting place in case you do get separated.
- If you have questions, a staff member, security guard, or volunteer is always happy to help.
- Restrooms are located on every floor.
- The museum’s dining options include 222, Bajo Sexto Taco, and Red Onion, all located on the first floor.
- Your museum ticket is good for the entire day, so you can come and go as you please.
- While we cannot guarantee certain times will be slower than others, the early morning (9:00 to 11:00 AM) and late afternoon (3:00 to 5:00 PM) on weekdays tend to be less busy.
- To find a quiet space, dim space, or seating area, use this family-friendly map as a guide.
- Nursing mothers: Ask a staff member, and we will help you find the First Aid room or a private classroom
MAKE THE MUSEUM VISIT A SUCCESS
Museums are great places for discovery. Talk with your child about what to expect from a visit to a museum.
- Pick up a visitor’s guide at the information desk or box office. It includes a map of the museum and the exhibits. Note that restrooms are located on the east side of the building on every floor and in the Taylor Swift Education Center.
- Use a pencil and a sketchpad to record the fun and interesting things you see and hear. Write down topics or points of interest to look up at home.
- Stop in the Taylor Swift Education Center on the museum’s third floor to see the artifacts, participate in fun activities, and pick up gallery games for the rest of the museum exhibits.
- Use the exhibit activity guides and scavenger hunts for fun at the museum and at home. Ask about how to receive a prize for completing activities.
- Look for and allocate time for the special areas of the museum for kids, including the Taylor Swift Education Center, the Archive Arcade, and the ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery.
- There are many things to see in the museum and it can be overwhelming to do everything in one visit. If you can, come back again to focus on something different. The museum’s membership provides admission access for a year and other perks and discounts.