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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

The Mother Church of Country Music

Built in 1892, and originally known as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, Ryman Auditorium was the largest structure in the area and became the most popular place for entertainment, community events and gatherings. Thomas G. Ryman built the beautiful tabernacle to honor Reverend Sam Jones, so he would have a place to clearly project his powerful messages. The auditorium later became home to the internationally famous radio show, the Grand Ole Opry®. The stage of the auditorium hosted the Opry's guests including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline and many more. The auditorium was later named the "Mother Church of Country Music".

  • The Ryman is the birthplace of Bluegrass music - created when Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe collaborated on December 8, 1945.
  • An $8.5 million renovation restored the auditorium to its original beauty in 1994.
  • Aretha Franklin, the Zac Brown Band, Annie Lennox, and Josh Turner are just a few of the famous musicians who have performed on the stage.
  • The auditorium has been featured in television shows such as Nashville and American Idol.


  • The Ryman offers self-guided and guided backstage tours daily.  
  • Guided tours can be limited based on concert needs, so come early to book as soon as possible.  
  • Feel free to grab a bite to eat before or after your tour at the newly-renovated Café Lula, located on the Ryman plaza. 

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