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

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Nashville, United States
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Overview

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.
Itinerary
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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 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.
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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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  • "Highly recommend taking the tour rather than doing it on your own." See review
  • "Did the self guided tour so could go at our own pace." See review
  • "We know things have changed because of Covid but an audio set to go along with the self-guided tour would be really good" See review

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star-4
It was great to see and...
Candi_D
, Aug 2022
It was great to see and read the history. Would have been better if the tour had included dressing rooms.
star-5
Great experience
Kathleen_H
, Aug 2022
Very interesting and informative tour. The intro video was amusing and very well put together. Very friendly staff
star-5
Do the backstage guided tour!
Rick_d
, Aug 2022
Staff was plentiful and very helpful. Great tour and guide - took the backstage tour for an extra $10 pp and highly recommend it. Lots of history and guide makes it better!
star-5
The movie was informative...
Susan_G
, Jul 2022
The movie was informative and engaging. We enjoyed it so much. Lots of memorabilia of the past to enjoy. Most places take your photo but then urge you to buy more. Great to have a free photo to remember the occasion.
star-5
Eye-opening
Melody_B
, Jul 2022
Truly eye-opening. I learned several things I didn't realize before. The beauty of the restored auditorium was amazing.
star-5
Very informative
Kathy_Z
, Jul 2022
The back stage upgrade was totally worth it! Our tour guide was amazing! I have been wanting to tour the Ryman for many years. I’m glad I finally did it.
star-5
Definitely a must see tour!!!
Kelle_B
, Jul 2022
What an interesting tour! Enjoyed all the videos and displays. Learned so much about the history of the building and it’s purpose. Had no idea that many forms of music and entertainment artists performed there in the past and still today!
star-5
So, I may not sing, but I made my debut …
Glynis_T
, Jul 2022
We actually upgraded at the box office to the guided tour. The whole experience was awesome and I may or may not have geeked out when I actually stood on the stage of the Ryman! I grew up listening & watching the Grand Ol’ Opry so I was totally in awe of the history of it all! Highly recommend!
star-5
What a great visit!!
STEVE_B
, Jul 2022
Great experience walking on the stage of so many great artists!! The place has a very emotional feeling. So well preserved.
star-5
Breathtakingly, Historically Amazing!
Khristine_B
, Jul 2022
The introduction film was very informative and fun. The auditorium is absolutely breathtaking and the history of the place can be felt everywhere you look. Loved all the exhibits as well. We are so glad we did this tour!
star-5
Get we get an AMEN?!
Paul_G
, Jul 2022
This tour really brings the Church of Country Music to life! What a great experience for those who really appreciate the art of country music
star-5
Best tour in Nashville
bclewlow
, Jul 2022
We went to three tours in Nashville in one day, Ryman being the first and best! I would highly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Nashville. My favorite part was the 10 min video experience at the very start of the self-guided tour that gave the history and background of the Ryman. The two professional pictures were included with our tour. I loved this tour!!
star-4
The history and the...
Timothy_N
, Jul 2022
The history and the memorabilia displays were interesting. Getting a picture onstage was cool too. Thanks
star-5
Don't Miss it!
gnmom620
, Jul 2022
The Ryman Self-Guided Tour was very informative and such an excellent way to find about it's history. We then went to the Grand Ole Opry and had a backstage tour and saw a show and we were glad to see the history at the Ryman first.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Had to hold back tears…
Greg_W
, Jul 2022
The guided tour is the only way to get the full experience of the Ryman. Seeing the backstage and dressing rooms of the legends was truly emotional. This was far and away our favorite tour during our 4 day visit to Nashville. If you don’t visit the Ryman, you have missed the meaning of country.
star-5
Great Experience!! * Recommend *
Todd_R
, Jul 2022
Great tour of an amazing place! The people working there are really nice and know their stuff. This tour was so good, I went home and bought tix to a Ryman concert. Highly recommend.
star-5
Terrific tour
MaryLou_S
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed this tour from start to finish & having our pictures taken on the stage was icing on the cake & included with the tour. Must do
star-5
It was so moving to be in the place where so many of the greatest Country Music stars have sung and performed!
Leonel_A
, Jul 2022
We think it was to actually be on the stage where Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lyn, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams Sr. etc. etc. have performed classic country music!
star-5
AMAZING
Carolyn_L
, Jul 2022
Learning more about the Ryman Auditorium history was amazing! The staff were so friendly and welcoming!
star-5
Best thing about our trip
Christa_C
, Jul 2022
Loved the guided tour, our tour guide was awesome. Loved that I could record a song (i do wish we had a few more mins to have done a retake) love the history in and story behind the building.

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