Ryman Auditorium

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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
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
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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.
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Missouri24 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
I love the acoustics and the atmosphere here during concerts. In the past I have taken a guided tour (think Buddy was the tour guide), which was excellent. However, I don't think those are offered now as a walk-up option. During this concert trip, it was $10 to purchase a beer. The gift shop to buy Ryman merchandise remainded open during the evening until at least when the concert started. Some seats under the balcony have limited views. We had a pole right in front of us, but we had no real issues seeing around it. Staff were super friendly.
Written March 27, 2022
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Jordan S
5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
I actually came here and read reviews before attending a show at the Ryman so I’m here to set the record straight on the “Premium Pass” because it had received a poor review and our experience did not reflect that review in the slightest.

We saw a show on Halloween 2021 and it was absolutely stellar. This historic venue was an absolute dream. The staff at the Ryman are extremely professional and polite and the venue itself oozes with legendary music mystique. There’s not a bad seat in the house (well there’s a couple behind columns but they normally don’t sell those seats) and the sound is perfection.

The Premium Pass…I had read a review here that it was “not worth it”. I sprung for it anyway thinking the worst that could happen was that we were out a couple hundo. To begin we had our own separate entrance with no wait. That alone was worth half what we paid. The downside was that there was no “early entry”. All gates opened at the same time. However, we were given bracelets that gave us access to our own room at the back of the Ryman with our own dedicated Unlimited Bar and bathroom as well as unlimited food. The food was simple but good. Sandwiches, popcorn, chips, desserts etc. The best part was during the show you could slip right out the dedicated door, grab a couple drinks and hit the restroom. There was no limit and no hassle from open to close at the end of the show. Let me tell you, if I had paid separately for the food/drinks I’d have spent double what I did on the premium pass. Oh, and the cherry on top is that the Hatch Print (Band Poster) was included. What a fantastic experience. The Ryman nailed it. The only constructive feedback is that we had a little trouble exiting through our dedicated doors to the Premium Pass bar at one part in the show when new security appeared by the doors. It seemed they hadn’t been told those were for folks with green bands and tried to have my girlfriend go all the way around the auditorium to get upstairs. We remedied that issue and it was fine.

Recommendations: If you do the premium passes, purchase seats on the “Stage Left” half of the auditorium no matter if you’re upstairs or down (a view from our seats in uploaded pics). That way you’ll be close to the premium lounge. Get there an hour before the show, bring a tube for your Hatch print to protect it and go straight to the merch booth (if you want shirts etc.) before you go to the premium lounge.

I know this is a long one but I wanted to give all the details. Hopefully it helps someone out there have the best experience possible. Cheers!
Written November 4, 2021
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MissBehavior81
Knoxville, TN437 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Beautiful concert venue. Our seats were great. They were church pews. It was easy to get in and out of. Definitely a more intimate concert experience. My only suggestion is if you are attending a concert where everyone might stand up the whole time, you may want to be closer to the stage. Especially if you are shorter.
Written March 29, 2022
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Alice K
8 contributions
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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Samantha B
5 contributions
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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Neil S
Winston Salem, NC49 contributions
Dec 2021
Saw the Mavericks on 12/3 and 12/4 and it was great. It is more intimate than the Grand Ole Opry so would prefer to see performers here any day. Very courteous staff although $5 for a bottle of water and other drink prices were a bit steep. The AT&T batman building in the background is a great photo-op. Will travel from NC to see other performers in the near future.
Written December 18, 2021
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Bo N
Phoenix, AZ104 contributions
Aug 2021
This historic venue is a must-see for music fans visiting Nashville. Since it is a working venue, sometimes it closes early to set up for live shows that night. Parking is expensive downtown, so before you go, check that the Ryman is open to the public when you are planning to visit.
Written September 1, 2021
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LeonaT
14 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
I have to be very honest, I went to see a band play, and when they say there are "no bad seats" at the Ryman, that is up to the person attending.
I was on the ground floor closer to the back of the pews. I'm short at 5'3" and when the crowd stood up to watch the band or the opening number, I couldn't see anything. I couldn't move seats as it was a sold out show. All I could do was sort and listen.
There were several times where people in the back shouted for people to sit down and the ushers didn't do anything.
Written February 28, 2022
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J & S
Portland, OR31 contributions
May 2022
We were there the night of Don McLean 50th American Pie 50th Anniversary Tour---IT WAS FANTASTIC!! The audience was totally into it and Don McLean sounded WONDERFUL...loved how he interacted with the audience. It was a trip down memory lane. We did not want it to end!
Written May 20, 2022
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Kate C
Tunkhannock, PA181 contributions
Dec 2021
Did the self tour and that was fine. Very interesting. Got a really nice photo taken of us on the stage. But was disappointed that after paying the nominal fee to buy the digital image, that it was only available for a certain amount of time afterwards. Lesson learned - read the fine print.
Written April 9, 2022
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