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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)

Departure Time

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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  • "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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The informational video...
, Dec 2021
The informational video at beginning was great. Learned a lot. I enjoyed seeing the outfits of the stars.
Didn’t have the...
, Nov 2021
Didn’t have the experience due to unforeseen circumstances. Unfortunately I ended up not feeling well and we could not attend☹️
We love the Ryman
, Nov 2021
We love the Ryman, everyone working there was so helpful friendly and seemed to really love being there.
Very memorable experience!
, Nov 2021
We loved the movie we watched at the beginning of the tour. It really brought the experience to life!
Ryman is fantastic
, Nov 2021
The Ryman Auditorium is an important part of country music’s history. Don’t go to Nashville without stopping by.
Never been here before,...
, Nov 2021
Never been here before, also never been out of Wisconsin before, so seeing this one awesome. Thank you for this opportunity for something so great
Historic Building tour was amazing.
, Oct 2021
Amazing tour of one of Country Music's most famous buildings. We learned so much about Nashville and The Ryman Auditorium after this tour. The only problem was we were not told there was an event scheduled that day and had to go through the topur faster than we would have liked.
This is a must do tour...
, Oct 2021
This is a must do tour while in Nashville. We just did the self-guided tour. Lots of history in this building, learned a lot.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nashville Country Western Emergence
, Oct 2021
Being educated with a meaningful timeline of the role of the ryman theater in the history of Nashville!
1 traveler found this review helpful
magical music
, Oct 2021
Seeing the size, inside, and imagining the music that flowed from that stage! However, for really great pictures, the photographer needs to be even with the people or tiny bit above where they stand, so people can look up and show happy faces! We didn’t keep any of ours for sharing.

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