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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 on a day that Backstage Tours are not available, our Self Guided Tour is still available.
Backstage tours will not be available on the following dates:
Nov. 11 and 14
Please call 615-889-3060 about availability on the following dates:
Nov. 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
Established in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and must see for any Nashville visitor. Most famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 — 1974, there is far more to the story of Music City’s most recognizable icon. Take a Self-Guided or Guided Backstage tour and discover what makes the Ryman, the “Soul of Nashville.” Click here to buy your tickets now!
"The best sound in town…maybe in the U.S.!"
At the start of your tour, you will be immersed in the Ryman’s magical history during “Soul of Nashville,” a one-of-a-kind theater experience which puts the spotlight on more than a century of legendary performances and showcases a new collaboration with Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill.
"The most amazing place I've ever sung in…"
Five new exhibits are now open! “Workin’ on a Building,” “Showplace of the South,” Mother Church of Country Music,” “Ryman Stage to Screen,” and “Ryman Renaissance”. Peruse genuine artifacts and enjoy videos with hosts Charles Esten, Marty Stuart, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Skaggs, Robin Roberts and Trisha Yearwood as they take you through each chapter of the fascinating Ryman story.
“Workin’ on a Building”
Video host Trisha Yearwood tells of the famed meeting between Thomas Green Ryman and Samuel Porter Jones, and the inspiration that led to the construction of one of the nation’s grandest tabernacles. On display are artifacts documenting Ryman’s life, construction of the building and events that took place during the early years of the Union Gospel Tabernacle.
"The greatest theatre in the world!"
“Showplace of the South”
Most know of the Grand Ole Opry’s time in the Ryman, but some may not be aware of the performances that graced the stage long before the radio show arrived. Video host Nicole Kidman shares the fascinating story of the Ryman’s transition from a revival hall into a premier performing arts venue. At the forefront was long-time manager Lula C. Naff.
“Mother Church of Country Music”
The Ryman acquired a new identity when a soon to be world-famous radio program found itself in search of a new home. The Ryman’s new tenant brought a whole new fan base into the pews when they began broadcasting their clear-channel signal coast to coast from the stage of the old “Mother Church.” <link to Opry history page> Hear first-hand accounts from Opry members Marty Stuart and Ricky Skaggs as they host the exhibit video, enjoy rare performance footage and see stage costumes and instruments on display.
“Ryman Stage to Screen”
Many remember hearing the sounds of the Opry resonating over the airwaves but don’t realize how many times the Ryman has appeared on the big screen. Visitors will see clips from many of the concert tapings, television episodes and major motion pictures that have used the Ryman as their setting during a video hosted by Charles Esten. From “Coal Miner’s Daughter” to television’s “Nashville,” “Honkytonk Man” to “American Idol,” the Ryman has served as an important backdrop for many filmmaking projects over the years.
The last stop on the tour is an exhibit dedicated to the ongoing legacy of the Ryman. Video host Robin Roberts shares recent Ryman history and relates the importance of its continued tradition. Today, the Ryman hosts 200-250 events annually and, just like the generations of the past, people sit in the same wooden pews to see the greats of their day perform and breathe new life into the room.
Visit the Ryman Gift Shop and take a piece of music history home with you! Find exclusive Ryman merchandise including tee-shirts, Hatch Show Prints, novelty memorabilia along with specialty CDs and DVDs. And now, you can make your own custom shirt at the all new activity station.
Open daily from 9 am until 7 pm with extended hours during events.
Take a Guided Backstage Tour* through dressing rooms dedicated to the stars of the Ryman's rich musical past including Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Minnie Pearl, and stand in the wings where performers as varied as Elvis Presley, James Brown and Katharine Hepburn stood awaiting their time in the spotlights.
Make a Record at the Ryman! Do you sing? Visit the Ryman's recording studio and cut your own CD**! Choose from a selection of classic songs or bring an original composition of your own and let our sound engineer record your rendition right in the Ryman Auditorium. Your Ryman Records CD — labeled with your name and song — will make a great souvenir or special gift.
The all new Cafe Lula features fresh, heathy fare with an emphasis on rotisserie cooking. Dine in or grab and go! Open daily 8 am – 5 pm with extended hours during events.
Open for Tours Daily from 9 am – 4 pm. Self-guided tour: adults $20.00, children 4-11 $15. Backstage tour: adults $30.00, children 4-11 $25.00. 615-889-3060 ryman.com
*Prices and availability subject to change without notice.
**Recording does not include the price a Ryman tour, which must be purchased separately.