Take a Guided Backstage Tour through dressing rooms dedicated to the stars of the Ryman's rich musical past - including Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Minnie Pearl - and stand in the wings where performers as varied as Elvis Presley, James Brown and Katharine Hepburn stood awaiting their time in the spotlights.

Established in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and a must-see for any Nashville visitor. Most famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, there is far more to the story of Music City’s most recognizable icon! Take a Guided Backstage tour and discover what makes the Ryman, the “Soul of Nashville.”

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Tour / Activity Details

1 to 2 hours
9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily Tours depart every 30 minutes during hours of operation.

Hotel pick-up not included. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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COVID-19 Protocols Updates

  • Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the Ryman strongly encourages all of its guests and employees to wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available for any guests that request them.
  • Social distancing is recommended when visiting/touring the Ryman
  • Cleaning protocols and precautions have been elevated above the recommended requirements


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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.

Explore its rich entertainment history and how the Ryman became known as the "Carnegie Hall of South" during the years when Caruso and Sousa performed, Theodore Roosevelt spoke and Houdini escaped in the 5th Avenue vestibule timeline.

Then, take your place center stage, grab a guitar and step up to the microphone while you have your photo taken on the legendary planks.

Please Note: Backstage tours are subject to cancellation due to concerts and special events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Ryman feature only country music? -- Not at all! The Ryman also hosts rock, alternative, gospel, classical, jazz, bluegrass as well as musical theatre.

Is the Ryman the original home of the Grand Ole Opry? -- No. Since its beginnings in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has called the following venues home:

  1. National Life and Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville - 1925 to 1934
  2. Hillsboro Theatre - 1934 to 1936
  3. Dixie Tabernacle in east Nashville - 1936 to 1939
  4. War Memorial Auditorium - 1939 to 1943
  5. Ryman Auditorium - 1943 to 1974
  6. Grand Ole Opry House - 1974 to present

What is the Ryman Auditorium? -- The Ryman is a National Historic Landmark with roots in country music where one can see all types of musical performances as well as take daily self-guided and guided tours.

When is the Ryman Auditorium open? -- The Ryman is open daily for tours from 9:00 am, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Concerts and musical theatre are in the evening.

The Ryman has been nominated for America's Theatre of the Year for the fourth straight year! She brought home the National Theatre of the Year Award in both 2003 and 2004 and was in the running again this year at the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The Ryman has attracted world class entertainment to its stage for 115 years, and has been named the Best Place to See Live Music in the Nashville Scene, Best Concert Venue in All the Rage, and CitySearch.com voted the Ryman one of the ten "Best Places to Hear Live Music" in America for the fifth year in a row!

More About The Ryman

Visit the Ryman Gift Shop and take a piece of music history home with you. You'll find exclusive Ryman merchandise including T-shirts, Hatch Show Prints and novelty memorabilia along with specialty CDs and DVDs. You can even make your own custom shirt at an all new activity station. The Gift Shop is open daily from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm with extended hours during events.

Make a Record at the Ryman! Do you sing? For an additional charge, you can visit the Ryman's recording studio and cut your own CD. Choose from a selection of classic songs or bring an original composition of your own and let a professional sound engineer record your rendition right in the Ryman Auditorium. Your Ryman Records CD — labeled with your name and song — will make a great souvenir or special gift. Recordings must be arranged separately and are not available during a Backstage Tour.

Visit the all new Cafe Lula, featuring fresh, healthy fare with an emphasis on rotisserie cooking. Dine in or grab and go! Open daily 7:00 am to 7:00 pm with extended hours during events.

Hotel pick-up not included. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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