Ryman Auditorium
Ryman Auditorium
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
When you walk through the doors of historic Ryman Auditorium, one thing becomes clear right away: this isn’t just another nightly music venue, and it’s so much more than a daytime tourist stop. This place is hallowed ground. This is the exact spot where bluegrass was born—where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where souls were saved and a slice of history was nearly lost. It was right here that country music found an audience beyond its own back porch, and countless careers took off as deals were signed on napkins and paper scraps backstage. Open daily for tours and shows, right in the heart of Music City.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • tweetyrx2003
    Runnemede, New Jersey280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour while you are in town
    This is such a great tour to do while you are in town. I highly suggest the guided tour! There is so much history in this building you can feel the energy. They give you a souvenir picture and make sure you go to the selfie booth int he back to get an emailed picture.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • _rickrichards1
    Grafton, Ohio77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Have Too Go place while in Nashville
    Went to the Grand Ole Opry at night and visited the Ryman the next day. Almost wrote the visit off and glad I did not. So much history there, to not visit there would be missing what the opry is about .I whole heatedly support and suggest a visit to the Ryman.
    Visited April 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • BobbyArcher
    Columbia, South Carolina122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overpriced
    The guided tour was very informative. This was our first visit to the Ryman, the tour guide explained a lot about the history and the uniqueness of the building. You will learn more about the Ryman on the guided tour but overall it is a bit pricey for what you get.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Nick P
    Staten Island, New York428 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history
    This is a self-guided tour with an outstanding film at the beginning. You only need an hour to do this. It is great history. Look for the Hatch Show Prints. You don't need to be a country music fan to enjoy. It's an auditorium for all music.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • 4H Mom
    Random Lake, Wisconsin14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ryman Auditorium is a MUST SEE!
    The Ryman Auditorium is a MUST SEE if you're in Nashville. Sooooo much history! Take the GUIDED tour! Worth the little bit extra! We learned so much more than if we had just gone with the self-guided.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Michelle C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable Night!
    Attended the Sarah Evans Concert with surprise guests Lady A and Carly Pearce. Whispering Bill Anderson showed up unexpectedly and invited Sarah to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry! It doesn’t get much better than that.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,439 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mellencamp Concert
    We love John Mellencamp, he is fabulous. We got to the Ryman a little before the show, as those pews are not what I want to sit in any longer than necessary. We were happy to find that he did not have an opening act, I think the show was 7:30. The stage was interesting with mannequins, hanging lights and dark staircases. We thought the show was starting, but NO. They showed a series of very old movie clips to the point that people were starting to boo and get restless, us included! This was after 30 minutes of watching these clips. It might have been OK if it hadn't gone on for 30 minutes. I wish these artists would consider that people just want to see them !!! Opening acts sometimes are not that great either and we all wish they would just get on with the show we went to see. Like Jackson Browne did at The Opry House recently. John Mellencamp was on a Wednesday night. Finally, out he came. He was wonderful, sounded great and did his hits as well as a new song about the abysmal state of our country. He is the ultimate storyteller and a true treasure to American music. We were happy we went.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • John P
    South Deerfield, Massachusetts881 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vance Joy and Kelly O'Donohue...9/1/23
    Not Pierce Brosnan, but 34 year old, 6 foot 4 inch tall Vance Joy sang ABBA to us in the 2,200 seat venue Friday night. Many fans stood the whole time, everyone was moving with the beat. We got to meet them afterwards at Robert's Western World next door where they spent their off duty time, mostly talking music (what else) and enjoying the local band until they closed at 2am. Regular celebrities. He even wrote a nice Happy 30th Birthday autograph on a menu for my daughter. Wishing him years of success!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 9, 2023
  • jazzysinger2
    Oak Hill, West Virginia92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Mother Church
    Finally made it to the Mother Church of Country Music!! This iconic stage has seen performances by all the early, now called Legends, of country music. My particular interest is in Hank Williams, Sr. and Patsy Cline. While sitting in my seat waiting for Keith and Kristen Getty's concert to start I just closed my eyes and felt the amazing vibe of this place. I didn't get to go back and take the tour so I could stand on that stage. Maybe next time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Jen
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    It’s a must to visit Ryman Auditorium when visiting Nashville. The video near the entrance gives you a great introduction to the history of the Ryman. The Ryman still has shows, but you can wander around the Auditorium, we watched the the stage being set up for a show that night. It was pretty special standing in such a revered building. There were displays of various artists who have preformed there, We bought our ticket while on the sightseeing trolley and saved 10%.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
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Alice K
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We bought tickets for the Cody Johnson performance and sat on the main floor in the 11th row with a good view of the state. UNFORTUNATELY, I am 5'1" and everyone stood for the entire concert so I didn't have a chance of seeing the performers. It really ruined the experience for me. I would recommend that you get first row balcony tickets if you ever decide to attend a concert at this location.

Additionally, the seats are very hard....like old fashioned church pews.
Written June 18, 2021
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BBreb
Wetaskiwin, Canada124 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were here in February for a Grace Potter concert and it was the worst sounding music experience we had in five days in Nashville. The sound at the Bridgestone Arena across the street was better. I assume that the Ryman would be setup for better sound than what we experienced so the only other explanation I can come up with is that for some reason the person operating the soundboard assumed that louder is always better. It was so bad that we had to leave. I was impressed with the building but I would strongly recommend that you choose the artist carefully before buying concert tickets.
Written February 22, 2020
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Samantha B
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The hubby and I had been to Nashville a few times but had never visited the Ryman. Since one of our favorites, Cody Johnson, was playing there, we decided to buy tickets but since it was a "sold out show", the only tickets available were through Ticket Masters. Again, having never been there, we had no idea the layout or seating of this building. They pack 6 people into a small church pew!!! The back of the lower auditorium is underneath a low ceiling (balcony) with very little airflow, and it was hot! Add to that, we had at least 5 people on our pew and the adjoining pew that were 250-300+ pound men, so we could barely move. My husband and I ended up standing in the back of the auditorium for over half the concert just to get some air. Note, if you are standing at the back of the auditorium, you can only see half the performers bodies on stage because the back ceiling is so low. Music was fantastic. But overall experience was disappointing. Choose your seats CAREFULLY!
Written June 20, 2021
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Jeep
67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We've visited the Grand Ole Opry several times but had a first time visit to the Ryman to see Robert Earl Keen's Christmas Show. Admittedly, the building smells old but it is old. The charm is the age, the posters from previous acts, and the sounds of the artists. We loved the history of the building, the performance by REK, and his band. I don't think there would be a bad seat in the house. All are church pews except the last rows in the balcony which are folding chairs. There was a lot of movement in the crowd when we were there with people getting up and out of seats and down the aisles often. Guess they couldn't get enough of the $12 drinks. Bring the big wallet if you like to imbibe!

Oh and for an absolute first at any venue, the guys upstairs bathroom line was ten times longer than the womens restroom.
Written January 2, 2020
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Edith L
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Took in my first show at the Ryman. Didn't expect to feel the history like we did. From the show announcer to the acts we felt like we were a part of something special. Brett Kissel was the draw for us fellow Canadians, but the whole show was fun to watch and we had plenty of laughs.
Written January 15, 2020
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Burgerwas42
Athens, TN114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Ryman Auditorium stands the test of time in downtown Nashville as the city skyscrapers have soared above it in recent years. As more and more new construction takes place, it seems out of place. However, once you lay your eyes on the building you will easily forget these distractions and as you step inside the mecca of Country Music you will be taken back decades to a simpler time.

See the stage whee so many famous musicians have performed and sit in a church type pew and imagine what those shows must have been like. Even better if you are lucky enough to be in town when a special performance is taking place at the Ryman, it is an absolute must see event.

If you could only see one thing while in Nashville, this would have to be it!
Written January 7, 2020
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susanO128VF
London, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Visiting twice during out trip. Once for the Friday night broadcast show main act for us was Crystal Gayle but all other performers were famous (if you know a lot about country music). Also saw Elvis Costello which was more of straight gig. No back up band he came on right at the beginning.
Written January 29, 2020
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stampinnancy
Missouri23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Guided tour was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot of history about the Ryman and how it got started, as well as great stories of country music stars who performed there. Guided tour included dressing rooms, backstage, onstage, and auditorium. The intro tour was excellent and historical.
Written March 10, 2020
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Coastal800370
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Don't miss a chance to visit this beautiful old building and learn about its history. Any Country music fan should really take time to check this out. The architecture is so impressive and there is so much information displayed all around the auditorium. Everything is so carefully maintained and it is very easy to imagine what an experience it would have to attend a concert back in the day.
Written February 11, 2020
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Holly O
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I am not a huge music fan, but I love history and the Ryman has it all! It was interesting to learn about the history of music in Nashville and of the building itself. You can definitely “feel” the past in those pews and looking at the stage! Definitely a must see in Nashville! Would totally recommend booking a show and tour in advance of your trip. We missed out on seeing a show and it is definitely on the list for our next visit.
Written December 31, 2019
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