Country Music Hall of Fame Will Re-Open Friday

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is expected to re-open on Friday (May 7) following a major flood in downtown Nashville. The museum had been closed since Monday (May 3), and much of downtown Nashville has suffered from a power outage since then. The electricity is expected to be turned on Saturday (May 8). Updates to the core exhibit are still expected to be unveiled on May 14, as previously announced. Director Kyle Young said, “The Museum has sustained minor damage, but the exhibits and collections — located on the second, third and fourth floors of the building — are safe and dry and were never in danger. Emergency generators are powering climate control systems to keep the collection safe and to allow crews to work on cleanup.” At the height of the downtown flooding, the museum had five-and-a-half feet of water in one of its mechanical rooms, located below ground level. The museum’s Ford Theater, located at street level, sustained minor damage and personnel from American Constructors (which built the Museum) have already begun repair and restoration efforts.