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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 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 in Nashville?
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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  • "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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Wonderful experience!
, Aug 2021
A great experience for any country music lover! A building rich in history! So cool to see it for myself.
Absolutely breathtaking
, Aug 2021
Loved being on the stage of the Ryman. What an experience that I will always remember. Seeing the memorabilia and watching the videos was awesome
Exceptional Tour
, Jul 2021
The film they showed was incredibly well done! We loved being able to tour at our own pace. Amazing history!
Lifetime memory
, Jul 2021
Fantastic place to visit from the start the entry video was great, informative and entertaining, displays were awesome and standing on stage was amazing. Would highly recommend this to be added to anyone’s vacation plans.
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The Mother Church
, Jul 2021
This was a great tour! We wound up upgrading to the guided for $10, well worth the cost. Went backstage to the dressing rooms. You do not need to be a country music fan to find this fascinating.
One to remember!
, Jul 2021
The story of the Ryman was amazing to learn. Beautiful venue! Proof that two people from different backgrounds can come together and create something so beautiful and impact many lives.
, Jul 2021
Had a great time,learned so much information about the Ryman..I was amazed and it was one of my favorite things we did
Everlasting Love at the Ryman!!
, Jul 2021
Loved the Ryman.... My Dad worked for National Life Ins. Co. It was great to see the shield, hear their name mentioned and see the theater my Mom & Dad went to so long ago!! I loved seeing all the stars and their exhibits, and, I loved getting my picture taken!!
Ryman Tour Well Worth It
, Jul 2021
This was a wonderful tour and the docent (older gentleman with beard and glasses) provided so much interesting information. We loved the video that explained the history of the Ryman as well.
The mother church is alive!
, Jul 2021
The history comes alive. The stars that preformed there could almost still be heard. The memorabilia was awesome.

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