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The Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax

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The Blue Ridge Music Center is a music venue, museum, and visitor center located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia. The center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains through concerts, exhibits, and programs that highlight living musical heritage of the Blue Ridge region and interpret its significance within the larger landscape of American music and culture. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.
The Music Center operates May through October. Free Midday Mountain Music acoustic sessions featuring local musicians are offered from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Concerts are offered most Saturdays during the season and include old-time, bluegrass, folk, Americana, gospel, and country blues performances. The Roots of American Music Museum on site showcases the region's rich musical heritage. Admission to the museum is free.

The center was planned when the town of Galax gave 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) for its development. The center has a state-of-the-art amphitheater and a 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) museum. It was officially established by Congress in 1985.
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  • We had a beautiful fall Sunday afternoon to take in the Blue Ridge Music Center Visitors Center. We went intentionally to hear the old time mountain music jam session from 1 to 4 p.m., and it did not....  more »
  • Visiting the music center was a wonderful way to experience the music of our American heritage. Outdoor venue was closed for the season; however, there were volunteers indoors sharing their craft...  more »
  • Great place to visit for good music and awesome trails nearby. Ample parking and clean restrooms, gift shop, museum are just a few things that make this a super place to visit. Check online for a schedule of performers for the season and bring a camera for the hiking available nearby.
  • This museum is fascinating and informative. We stumbled into a group performing live music, and they sounded great! We loved everything from the interactive displays to the adorable gift shop. Bonys: The public restrooms are very clean and well maintained...not always something you find on the Parkway.

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