Learn more about Ryman Auditorium.
Established in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and must-see for any Nashville visitor. While famously known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, there is far more to the story of Music City's most recognizable icon. Take a Self-Guided or Backstage Tour and discover what makes the Ryman the "Soul of Nashville." Then come back in the evening to experience a show with world-class acoustics.
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 spotlights more than a century of legendary performances and showcases a new collaboration with Darius Rucker, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Sheryl Crow, and Vince Gill.
Explore a Range of Exhibits! "Workin' on a Building," "Showplace of the South," Mother Church of Country Music," "Roots Run Deep," and "Ryman Renaissance". Peruse genuine artifacts and enjoy videos hosted by the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Robin Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Keb' Mo, and Marty Stuart as they take you through each chapter of the fascinating Ryman story.
Explore its rich entertainment history and how the Ryman became known as the "Carnegie Hall of South" during the years when Caruso and Sousa performed, Theodore Roosevelt spoke, and Houdini escaped. Then, take your place center stage, grab a guitar, and step up to the microphone while you have your photo taken on the legendary planks.
Visit the Ryman Gift Shop and take a piece of music history home with you! Find exclusive Ryman merchandise including T-shirts, Hatch Show Prints, and novelty memorabilia along with specialty CDs and DVDs. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. 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.
Cafe Lula features fresh, heathy fare with an emphasis on rotisserie cooking. Dine in or grab and go! Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours during events.
*Prices and availability subject to change without notice.
**Recording does not include the price a Ryman tour, which must be purchased separately.
Adults $ 21.95
Children 4-11 $16.95
Combo Tour: Backstage and self-guided: Adults $31.95; Children 4-11 $26.95