The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was a popular place to be in 2012. Museum officials have announced that 564,777 people visited the Museum last year. It is the largest attendance total in the institution’s 45 year history.
“We would like to thank our local, national and international visitors for such strong support,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “Our attendance revenue last year increased more than 15% over 2011, which was also a record year. Through November 2012, our operating revenues increased by about 9% over prior year, and we expect that number to hold through December 2012. In these challenging economic times, we don’t take this for granted.
“We attribute the strong year to several factors,” Young continued. “We debuted a trio of popular exhibitions: The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country; Taylor Swift: Speak Now—Treasures from the World Tour and Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You. We also offered a dynamic schedule of live programs and events. Finally, Nashville continues to thrive as a tourism destination, and we are happy to contribute to and benefit from this. There’s an incredible synergy happening in our city, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.”
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be closed to the public from Tuesday, January 22 through Wednesday, February 6, 2013. The closure will allow the Museum to make needed improvements and accommodate construction related to the Museum’s expansion project. It will reopen on Thursday, February 7, 2013.