Country Music Hall of Fame to unveil expansion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space.

The museum will unveil the final part of the expansion Tuesday, including two new exhibit galleries and more room to display collections of recordings, artifacts and photographs.

The expansion added more than 200,000 square feet of space to the existing building, including an 800-seat theater, an educational wing named after Taylor Swift, storage and exhibit spaces and classrooms.

The new exhibit galleries focus on the latest trends and emerging artists in country music.

Museum curator Mick Buck says the new exhibit space stresses the importance of connections between country's past and today's artists and stars.

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