Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Auditorium · Nashville, Tennessee
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Ryman Auditorium is a historic 2,362-seat live-performance venue located at 116 Rep. John Lewis Way North, in the downtown core of Nashville, Tennessee, United States. A Rock& Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, National Historic Landmark, and the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, it is one of the most influential and revered concert halls in the world. It is best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. It is owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. Ryman Auditorium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and was later designated as a National Historic Landmark on June 25, 2001, for its pivotal role in the popularization of country music.

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“The Ryman Auditorium is the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s where I was inducted as an Opry member, and it is also where I performed so many times with Porter Wagoner. The benefit concert I did back in 2015 at the Ryman got such great response that it compelled me to take that show on the road…and so, in 2016, we kicked off the Pure & Simple tour. This building holds so many wonderful memories for me. Just like the new Opry building, you can also tour the Ryman.”
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Completed in 1892, this historic landmark primarily operates as a concert venue. Features gleaming wooden pews, stenciled artwork, and amazing acoustics. Take a tour for about $20 and see where bluegrass was invented.
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Musicians spend their whole lives dreaming of performing at this most venerated of Nashville venues, a pillar of the city’s music scene since 1892. Although it was once the home of the Grand Ole Opry, the building suffered years of neglect before finally being made a National Historic Landmark in 2001. Ever since, crowds have continued to fill the auditorium’s unforgiving wooden pews to see everything from A-list pop acts to string bands. Guided tours are a great way to take it all in.
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“The Ryman Auditorium is the best place in the world to experience live music. It was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 and is known as the Mother Church of Country Music. The stained-glass windows, balcony seating, and Gothic Revival architecture make it a picturesque place to both watch and listen to music. I’ve seen so many iconic shows and performances here that changed my life…Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Elvis Costello.”
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"A few months after the release of "I Walk The Line," my father made his Opry debut at the Ryan Auditorium. It's also the place where he met my mother, June Carter. So much history of my father's life is connected to the Ryman. He chose to tape 'The Johnny Cash Show" here with guests like Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. He also performed "Man In Black" here for the first time. Today, you can get a tour of the facilities, and there's a dressing room on view that's named in my father's honor."
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There is only one Mother Church of Country Music. The Ryman Auditorium is the most famous venue in country music and has been the site of countless iconic performances throughout the years. The Ryman is known for its historic pews that still seat concertgoers to this day, as well as the stained glass that remains in the venue from its days as a church.
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In 2013, Kacey Musgraves made her debut here at the Universal Records lunchtime event at the Country Radio Seminar, where new artists are introduced to an audience of radio programmers. “This song is inspired by growing up in a small town in the south,” Kacey said, setting up the audience. “If you don’t have two kids by 21,” she sang, strumming, “guess you’re gonna die alone. At least that’s what tradition told you.” The room fell silent from the first note. She received a standing ovation.
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Experience the hallowed grounds of the Ryman Auditorium as you tour this historical icon. The Mother Church was the original site of the Grand Ole Opry, “the show that made country music famous.” World-class artists, performers and more came to the Ryman – from Elvis to Houdini – to entertain audiences of all ages, and still do today. It’s a cultural engine for Nashville that has brought artists and fans together for 128 years.
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Wheelchair Accessible
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Outdoor Parking
Street Parking
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