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The Power of Women in Country Music

Image courtesy of the GRAMMY Museum®/photo by Rebecca Sapp

From international superstars, including Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Shania Twain, and Taylor Swift, to contemporary North Carolina artists, such as Rhiannon Giddens, Rissi Palmer, and Kasey Tyndall, The Power of Women in Country Music, coming to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh from the GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles, highlights the past, present, and future of country music’s greatest female trailblazers. The exhibition opens Friday, October 28, 2022, and will run through Sunday, February 26, 2023. This empowering exhibition will be amplified with a special concert series, author series, family events and activities, and much more!

The Power of Women in Country Music will take visitors on a journey through the history of women in country music, from the early years and post–World War II to the emergence of Nashville as a country music mecca and to female country artists becoming international pop sensations. The exhibit will feature artifacts, such as instruments and costumes, and special content from a diverse roster of 70 female country artists.

This is a ticketed exhibition, and tickets for the exhibition and the accompanying Southern Songbirds concert series can be purchased starting Friday, September 9.

NEW: MOHA/museum members get unlimited visits throughout the run of the exhibition! Join now to enjoy this incredible benefit.

There will be an MOHA/Member opening celebration on Thursday, October 27. Invitations to follow! Be sure to save these dates, too, for our Southern Songbirds concert series too, emceed by legendary North Carolina native Jim Lauderdale:

  • Sat., Oct. 29: Opening Concert Kickoff with Charly Lowry, Caitlin Cary, and H.C. McEntire
  • Sat., Dec. 10: Tift Merritt Sings Country Music
  • Sun., Dec. 11: Alice Gerrard + Friends: Screening of the biopic, You Gave Me a Song, followed by a performance and Q+A
  • Sat., Jan. 21: An Evening with Rissi Palmer
Exhibition Tickets:
  • FREE/MOHA/Museum Members for all visits
  • $16/general public
  • $14/military, seniors, educators
  • $10/children age 6-17; pre-registered groups of 10+
  • $14/NARM and Smithsonian members

  • $10/members; $12/general public for the Saturday, October 29 concert
  • $18/members; $25/general public for the Saturday, December 12 and Saturday, January 21 concerts
  • Members receive priority seating for the above shows
  • The Dec. 11 concert is free!

6:30pm doors; 7:00pm performances. Stay “tuned” for details.