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615.889.3060
116 5th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37219



 

 

Everything you need to know about the Ryman Auditorium, A – Z!

ACCESSIBILITY
The Ryman provides a full range of accommodations for Guests with disabilities to ensure their safety, comfort and enjoyment of our events and facilities. Please contact us with any feedback, questions, and concerns. Click here for more information.
ADDRESS

Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219

ANIMALS
Service animals are welcome in the Ryman Auditorium. Service animals must be wearing proper identification [i.e. red vest] and/or individuals must have proof of certification or a license for the service animal. The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
ATM

We have an ATM available in lower lobby, just outside the auditorium doors in the airlock.  Please ask an usher or security for assistance.

BACKSTAGE TOURS

Take a guided tour through the dressing rooms dedicated to the stars of the Ryman’s rich musical past, including Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams.  Stand in the wings where performers as varied as Katharine Hepburn, Elvis Presley and James Brown have stood awaiting their time in the spotlights.  Look out at the famous “Ryman Alley” where the stars cross over to the honky tonks and the Everly Brothers were discovered.  Backstage Tours are offered on the hour and half past from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30p.m.  Backstage Tour availability is limited and subject to cancellation due to concerts and special events.  The Ryman Auditorium is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Backstage tour tickets include admission to the Self-Guided Tour and are available at the box office or online.  For more information click here.

BOX OFFICE

The Ryman Box Office is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  For nighttime events, the box office re-opens at least one hour prior to doors opening.  Our box office sells tickets to all of our concert events, Self-Guided Tours, Backstage Tours as well as the Grand Old Opry®.  Concert tickets are also available online as are Self-Guided and Backstage Tour tickets are available here.

Cameras

The camera policy for concerts at the Ryman is set by the event promoter or performer. Please check your ticket to see if the policy is listed.  If photography is allowed, you may bring in a digital, disposable or 35mm camera.  Professional cameras with detachable or telephoto lenses are prohibited. 

During daytime tours of the Ryman, cameras are allowed.  Cameras, however, are not permitted at anytime during the Backstage Tour.

Coat Check

No coat check is available at this time.

Code of Conduct

We ask all guests to be respectful of others around them.  Any guest who interferes with the enjoyment of another individual during an event is subject to immediate ejection from the building.  If you are asked to leave the building and do not comply, we reserve the right to involve Metro Police.

Standing on pews or any other building structures is not permitted and may result in ejection from the event.  Standing in aisles and doorways also is prohibited. 

Prohibited items include: weapons, oversized bags, outside food and  beverage, cans, bottles, alcohol, drugs, laser pens,  masks, laptops, musical instruments (with the exception for the usage during Make A Record), video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices (unless special permission is granted and/or “taper” tickets are offered to the ticket buyer) and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses.  Tennessee state law prohibits smoking at the Ryman and federal law prohibits ignition of an open flame in a National Historic Landmark.

Contact

(615) 889-3060 or visit our contact page to reach a specific department.

Directions

Click here for directions to the Ryman.

Door Opening Times

Doors for events open one hour prior to event start time unless otherwise noted on your ticket and/or our web site.

EMAIL NEWSLETTER

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EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES

Ryman Auditorium personnel have been fully trained in emergency evacuation procedures to ensure the safe evacuation of all patrons in the case of an emergency.  Please take note of the nearest exit to your seat when you arrive at the venue. On both the Main Floor and the balcony there are exits on the West, North and East sides of the building.  Please take caution when using the stairs during an evacuation. Elevators will be locked for your safety and not in operation in case of an evacuation.

FACEBOOK

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FIRST AID

Our Security and Security staff are trained in first aid and CPR.  If you need assistance, please seek out the nearest Ryman staff person.

FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY

Flash photography is prohibited during the backstage portion of the daytime tours. Photography during concerts is at the discretion of the event promoter or performer [see “Cameras” above] but flash typically is not permitted during concerts.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE

Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside the building.  During the day, packaged snacks and bottled beverages are available in the Ryman Gift Shop.  During evening events, concession stands offer a variety of beverage and snack options. Alcoholic beverages are also available at most events.  Food and beverages are allowed inside the auditorium unless otherwise posted or announced..  All beverages must be consumed prior to departing the building.

GIFT SHOP

Visit the Ryman Gift Shop located in the lobby for Ryman t-shirts, seat cushions other souvenirs.  We also have a variety of Hatch Show Prints, CDs and books.  Select items are also available online.  The gift shop is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  and during select concert events.

GRAND OLE OPRY

The Ryman was the home to the Grand Ole Opry® from 1943 to 1974.  For more information, visit our history page. For a listing of current Opry shows at the Grand Ole Opry House, please visit opry.com.

GUEST SERVICES

The Ryman Auditorium is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Any guest in need of assistance during an event should seek an Usher or Security Officer.

GUITAR

Built on Martin's D-16RGT model, the Ryman Guitar brings together two of the most revered names in music today.  The guitar is made with Oak pickguard, headplate and fret markers from original Ryman Auditorium pews.  Available through our lobby gift shop or online.

HISTORY

For more information on the rich history of the Ryman, please visit our History page here.

HOTELS

Visit Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center or Visit Music City  for hotel reservations.  There are several hotels within walking distance of the Ryman and a shuttle available from Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.  For more information, visit our Hotels & Restaurant page.

LISTENING DEVICES

FM Assistive Listening Devices (ear speaker, headset, and neck loop) are available for shows.  Please as an usher for assistance.  A valid photo ID is required for loan.

LOST AND FOUND

If realize you’ve lost an item while still in the building,  please inquire with Security for assistance locating the item. If you discover you’ve lost an item after you’ve left the building, please call 615-458-8700.  The Ryman Auditorium assumes no responsibility for lost items.

LOST TICKETS

If you have lost your tickets or they have been stolen, please return to your point of purchase for further assistance. If you have purchased tickets at a TicketMaster outlet or TicketMaster.com please call TicketMaster Customer Service at 615-255-9600.

MERCHANDISE

Visit the Ryman Gift Shop located in the lobby to buy Ryman t-shirts, seat cushions and other souvenirs.  We also sell a variety of Hatch Show Prints, CDs, DVDs and books.  Select items also are available online.

MUSEUM

Visit the Ryman daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Self-Guided and Backstage Tours of our historic auditorium (subject to availability).  Current exhibits include Johnny & June at the Ryman, Opry 40s & 50s, and Opry 60s & 70s where you can see rare and collectable items on display.  For more information click here. Tour tickets are available at the box office or online.

PARKING

We now have valet parking available at the Ryman for most concerts (excluding Grand Ole Opry) provided by Nissan.  To utilize the valet parking please enter the Ryman drive from Fifth Avenue and pull up the valet stand. Cost of parking is $20.00 per car. If you drive a Nissan, valet parking is free. Please note that the valet will be open until approximately one hour after the show ends.

There are also many paid parking lots and street meters in the area around the Ryman.  For further parking information please visit Park It! Downtown.  

There are many paid lots and street meters in the area around the Ryman.  For further parking information please visit Park It! Downtown.  Many area hotels, including Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, provide shuttles to the downtown area.

PEWS

Among the most striking features of the Ryman are the original oak pews.  The main floor the pews are original to 1892 and the balcony pews date to 1897. In 1994 during the building renovation the T.L. Whitfield Company of Leeds, Alabama, removed all 250 pews, 500 end pieces and hundreds of support bases for restoration.  A testament to their original craftsmanship and the talents of the Whitfield artisans, the pews were meticulously restored to their original glory and reinstalled in time for the June 1994 re-opening.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Prohibited items  include: all weapons including pocket knives, oversized bags, outside food and  beverage, cans, bottles, alcohol, drugs, laser pens,  masks (and facepaint), laptops/tablets, musical instruments (with the exception for the usage during Make  A Record), video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording  devices (unless special permission is granted and/or “taper” tickets are offered to the ticket buyer), selfie sticks and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses.  Tennessee state law prohibits smoking at the Ryman and federal law prohibits ignition of an open flame in a National Historic Landmark.

RECORDING DEVICES

Video cameras, tripods, recording devices and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses are not permitted inside the Ryman at any time. This policy is strictly enforced.  Failure to comply with this policy may result in ejection from the building.  On certain occasions permission is granted by the artist for “taper tickets”. Taper tickets must be purchased at the Ryman box office or by phone 615-889-3060.

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES

The Ryman has a no refund, no exchange policy on tickets for all events.  We recommend that you not obtain tickets from unauthorized sources, as they may be stolen or counterfeit, and if so are void.

RENT THE RYMAN

Host your next event at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  Our stage and auditorium are available for any type of event you can dream up!  Click here for more information.

RESTAURANTS

There are a number of restaurants near the Ryman.  Please refer to our Hotels & Restaurants page for more information.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

A list of events is available on our calendar page.  You can also subscribe to our email list by clicking here to have our announcements and concert dates delivered right to your inbox!

SEATING CAPACITY

The maximum seating capacity of the Ryman is 2362.

SEATING CHART

Our seating chart is available here.

SECURITY

Ryman Security is on hand for your safety and protection. All Ryman Security Officers are licensed in the state of Tennessee.  If you require assistance of any kind, please seek out the nearest Security Officer.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS

Qualified interpretation is available with three weeks notice.  Please contact (615) 889-3060 to arrange for this service.

SMOKING

By law, smoking in all areas of the Ryman is prohibited. You may smoke outside the building in designated smoking areas. Lighting of matches, lighters or any other flammable devices is not permitted within the building and use of these devices may result in ejection from the building. All smoking and similar paraphernalia (including E-cigarettes and similar devices) are strictly prohibited. 

STANDING

Standing during performances is permitted – we just ask that you be respectful and not block the view of others.  Standing on the pews is not permitted at any time and may result in ejection from the event.

TICKETS

The Ryman box office is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The box office sells tickets to all of our concert events, Self-Guided Tours or Backstage Tours and the Grand Ole Opry.

TICKET POLICY

Tickets for events at Ryman Auditorium may be purchased at the following authorized points of purchase: in person at the Ryman Auditorium Box Office or Opry House Box Office, by calling Ryman/Opry Customer Service at (615) 889-3060, via ryman.com events pages, at a Ticketmaster outlet (i.e. Kroger), by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or online via Ticketmaster.com. (Please note that not all events are available via Ticketmaster. Exclusions include Grand Ole Opry shows at Ryman Auditorium.)

 

Please be advised that Ryman Auditorium cannot guarantee the authenticity of tickets obtained through any other source. Counterfeit and other invalid tickets will not be honored by Ryman Auditorium.

 BUYER BEWARE
 Should you opt to purchase tickets from a source other than those listed above, please keep in mind the following:

•  Admission is not guaranteed if tickets are invalid.
•  Tickets cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
•  Ryman Auditorium cannot contact you with information regarding time changes, show cancellations, or other pertinent information.

Tickets are good only for the event for which they are purchased and only for the seat for which they are issued. Tickets are not transferrable. Tickets are limited revocable licenses which may be revoked at the sole discretion of Ryman Auditorium.

TICKET STUBS

Your ticket is a limited revocable license that grants you entry into the Ryman and a reserved seat at a designated Ryman event. Please keep your tickets with you at all times, as Ryman staff may ask to see your ticket at any time. Failure to produce your ticket may result in ejection from event.

TOM RYMAN

Riverboat Captain Thomas Green Ryman (1841-1904) built the Union Gospel Tabernacle for his friend and spiritual mentor the Rev. Sam Jones.  The superior acoustics can be attributed to Ryman’s desire to have Jones’s voice projected clearly and powerfully for all to hear. In 1904, at Ryman’s funeral, Jones suggested to the thousands in attendance that the name of the Tabernacle be changed to the Ryman Auditorium.  To read more about Captain Ryman click here.

TOURS

Built in 1892, the Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and a must see for anyone visiting Nashville.  Most famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, the Ryman is the very epicenter of Music City.  Three new exhibits are now open as part of our Self-Guided Tour: Grand Ole Opry 1940s & 1950s, Grand Ole Opry 1960s & 1970s and Johnny & June at the Ryman.  See genuine artifacts from those early Opry years like the dress Dolly Parton wore the night she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.  See rare photos from The Johnny Cash Show of Cash with Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong.  And, have your picture taken on the stage graced by legends from Houdini and Hank Williams to Bob Hope and Bruce Springsteen.

Take our Backstage Tour  through the dressing rooms dedicated to the stars of the Ryman’s rich musical past, including Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams.  Stand in the wings where performers as varied as Katharine Hepburn, Elvis and James Brown have stood awaiting their time in the spotlights.  Look out at the famous “Ryman Alley” where the stars cross over to the honky tonks and the Everly Brothers were discovered.  Tours are available 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are available at the box office or online.  For more information click here.  

Prices and availability subject to change without notice. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. To verify the tours are available on a specific date, please contact customer service 615-889-3060.

**Please note a day that Backstage Tours are not available, our Self Guided Tour is still available.

 

VIDEOTAPING

Unless otherwise posted or announced, videotaping of performances is prohibited at the Ryman except by approved media.  This policy is strictly enforced.  Failure to comply with this policy may result in ejection from the building.

WHEELCHAIRS

The Ryman Auditorium provides complimentary wheelchair escorts to Guests with special needs when requested during nighttime events. Escorts are available at any entry point.  Your escort will not remain with you throughout the show, but will provide assistance getting to your ticketed seat. To purchase accessibility seating from any Ryman event, please call (615) 889-3060.

WSM – 650 AM

WSM’s first broadcast took place on Oct. 5th, 1925 from the National Life Building at 7th and Union in Nashville, TN. Since that date, they have broadcast the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night – many of these broadcast coming from within the Ryman walls.  Their broadcasts can now be heard streaming over the internet at WSM Online.

UNION GOSPEL TABERNACLE

The original name of Ryman Auditorium was Union Gospel Tabernacle.  The building was built by Tom Ryman in 1892 as a place for Nashvillians to attend revivals and other religious gatherings.  Ryman built the Tabernacle after his experience of being saved when hearing Rev. Sam Jones speak on May 10, 1885.  For more information please visit our History page.