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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)

Departure Time

3/31/2021 - 12/31/2021
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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
See all safety measures taken by Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville.

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Ryman Auditorium
, Sep 2021
To me the tour was extremely slow. A bit boring to me. I would rather of had a tour guide to liven it up a bit.
A must while in Nashville
, Sep 2021
A must while in Nashville. This has the origins and history of Grand Ole Opry. So thankful it was never torn down. So much Country Music History. We took self-guided tour. That’s also well done. Enjoyed immensely!
Hallowed Walls
, Sep 2021
Just imagining all the superstars that walked on that stage gave me an awesome feeling.....Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Cash, Webb Pierce. Did I mention Johnny Cash? Indeed, THE MOTHER CHURCH OF COUNTRY MUSIC. I loved it!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Sep 2021
The history of the Ryman is amazing. We took the self guided tour and enjoyed the freedom to explore at our own pace. There are guided tours available. The video at the beginning is a don't miss.
1 traveler found this review helpful
SO much more…
, Sep 2021
We did the self-guided tour. GREAT start. The Ryman is SO much more than just country music. Can’t wait to come back for a concert!
An awesome experience.
, Sep 2021
We enjoyed standing on the stage where past performers stood, and viewing the posters and hearing the sounds of those who performed here.
Something to see! Cool
, Sep 2021
All the history of Ryman center! Performers posters different outfits of performers and neat statues of old performers
, Sep 2021
Getting to stand on the stage! It was awesome a dream come true for me! I was here when I was ten years old and did not get to your the Ryman
1 traveler found this review helpful
The entire experience was...
, Sep 2021
The entire experience was wonderful. The Ryman is a beautiful place & the complimentary photo on the stage was a memory we will always cherish.
Loved the brief movie...
, Aug 2021
Loved the brief movie about the Ryman. The auditorium is beautiful and the history is very interesting!

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