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Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville

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Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville

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Follow in the footsteps of country legends on a self-guided tour of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, a downtown venue known as ‘The Mother Church of Country Music.’ Explore five new exhibits on the Ryman Auditorium’s musical history, with footage of celebrity hosts to introduce each one. This self-guided Ryman Auditorium tour offers the chance to explore Nashville country music on your own schedule, with flexible start times throughout the day.
  • Self-guided Ryman Auditorium tour
  • See exhibits presented by country stars
  • Learn about Nashville's musical history
  • Visit any time during opening hours
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Self-Guided Tour of historic Ryman Auditorium
Get a Behind-The-Scenes look at "The Mother Church of Country Music."
Get the opportunity to record a song in the Recording Booth
Souvenir Photo Opportunity on the Ryman Auditorium stage
Enjoy the "Soul of Nashville" intro movie
Browse through the Hatch Show Print gallery and enjoy the many artifacts from your favorite artists
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
1/2/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Make your way to the Ryman Auditorium, where you can redeem your voucher for admission on a self-guided tour. The first stop on the tour is the “Soul of Nashville,” a state-of-the-art theater experience that uses special effects, holograms, and archival footage to introduce the Ryman Auditorium’s 125-year history, with plenty of country stars along the way, including Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Vince Gill.

Following the presentation, continue through the Ryman Auditorium’s exhibits; short films are hosted by Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Skaggs, Robin Roberts, and Trisha Yearwood. The exhibits cover everything from the early days of country music performance to contemporary stars: visit Workin’ on a Building, Showplace of the South, Mother Church of Country Music, Inspired: 125 Years of Performance, and Ryman Renaissance.

This self-guided tour is available from 9am to 4pm.
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Ryman Auditorium
Arrive at the Ryman Auditorium and redeem your voucher for a Tour ticket. 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.  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.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Your tickets will be held at the theater box office for collection on the day of the Self-Guided tour. You will be required to present this voucher, along with photo ID in exchange for your tickets.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please Note: On-stage photo availability may vary according to Ryman Auditorium commitments.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Great time and learned a lot
, May 2022
The history of the Ryman video. Enjoyed seeing all the pictures and standing in the stage. Next time will do the backstage tour!!!!
Amazing time!
, May 2022
The video at the beginning was amazing! But the whole experience was wonderful. We will definitely tell our friends
Mother of the Oprey
, May 2022
One of the most memorable experiences I have had in a long time. The rich history, from when it was built to the music acts that have performed there. I was immersed in the history the whole tour.
Trip to Nashville
, May 2022
Plenty of information to read I liked that it was at your own pace It was very neat seeing all the different people that had been there and the people that created it
Walk through the past of country music
, May 2022
Wonderful tour. The Ryman is full of history and country Music culture from the beginning to the present.
Historical venue — a must see
, May 2022
The historical significance of this building to Nashville. American culture and to music make it a must see.
Great experience!
, May 2022
This tour exceeded my expectations. The video they play you before walking in was shockingly really cool and unique! They did a great job telling the story and history
The short informative...
, May 2022
The short informative historical movie prior to the tour is fantastic. The tour allowed us to walk all over the church. Best part was the photo on the stage. I’d do this tour again
Standing on the Ryman...
, May 2022
Standing on the Ryman stage & having our picture taken there. Imagining I was singing there. The history is palpable.
So much history
, May 2022
Beautiful building and so much history. I would suggest trying to catch a show there too just to experience all of it.
Ryman Auditorium well worth a visit.
, May 2022
Finding out about the history of the venue, Easy for self your. Needs about an hour to take in all exhibits.
, Apr 2022
This history in that building is amazing. To look at the timeline really put things in perspective on how things were back then. So glad it was saved!
On Stage
, Apr 2022
Our most memorable experience was to have our picture taken on the stage where so many artists have preformed.
Loved “The Ryman” building
, Apr 2022
My girlfriend and I spent 2 hours in the Ryman on a self guided tour. The displays are very professional and revealed the fascinating history of how the Ryman was built. It was a delightful and colorful experience. I would recommend this educational adventure to everyone.
Trip to Ryman
, Apr 2022
Great intro video like none I have seen before. Facility holds so much history! Wrap up with picture of us taken on stage and at no cost! Well worth entry price.
Great tour
, Apr 2022
The Ryman was a great tour! Enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the dressing rooms. This place is filled with so much history! Very cool.
Ryman tour
, Apr 2022
Very interesting story. It was a very good tour. Our tour guide was great and standing on the stage is something I always wanted to do.
tour with fiends
, Apr 2022
everything and everyone were wonderful! We had a great time and the tour guide was excellent. would recommend!
Ryman Review
, Apr 2022
Fantastic setup and displays. We were very impressed with all the items available to view and learn about.
Very informative. Loved...
, Apr 2022
Very informative. Loved the fact that they give you pictures with the price of the tour. Loved being able to stand on the steps of the stage.

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