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

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Nashville, United States

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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 Point

Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219-2309

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.
Stop At:  
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?
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.

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  • "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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1st Time Nashville
, May 2021
Absolutely beautiful a must see, enjoyed learning history of this building and how it all began, the fact church was saved by those love country music.
Loved it!
, May 2021
This was a fun way to see the Ryman! The history is amazing. The movie was interesting and informative. Loved that photos were included. Only disappointment was that the recording studio part was closed. And we were glad no masks were required!
Great Tour
, May 2021
It was great way to get to know the history of the facility. Loved the video and the ability to walk around the auditorium.
The first Grand Ole Opry
, May 2021
Loved this too. This is the Old Grand ole Opry. Make sure you take the backstage tour. We were not offered that. I noticed the sign to upgrade our tickets but the next one was at 1 pm and it was 9 am and we had to leave out to go home that day. It was still cool to see. I am a die-hard fan of Coal miner's daughter and to be able to visit where Loretta became famous was pretty awesome.
Great history of Ryman
, May 2021
Great place to visit. Did the self guided tour so could go at our own pace. Took a little over an hour
Very interesting and enjoyable
, May 2021
The history of the Ryman Auditorium was interesting and quite theatrical when the portraits were brought to life.
Ryman Tour
, May 2021
This was a wonderful tour with so much history behind the building and music. Would recommend to anyone who has not been their. We were lucky enough to get to enjoy the backstage tour also.
, May 2021
Get a picture by the circle and seeing the history of it I loved seeing all the old clothes and who was there
Do the guided behind the scenes tour!
, May 2021
Loved the behind the scenes guided tour! Best part! Beautiful theatre! Loved all the posters etc. bring a sweater or jacket though-very cold inside.
Eye opening
, May 2021
Movie is wonderful. Loved the displays. Great experience just BEING at the Ryman! Nothing more to say but thank you & carry on!

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