AAA Editor Notes
Ryman Auditorium is at 116 5th Ave. N. Built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892 by riverboat captain Thomas Ryman, the auditorium was named in his honor posthumously. The Ryman is most famous for being home to the Grand Ole Opry live radio show from 1943-74.
Daytime tours offer a chance to walk around the 2,362-seat auditorium, fully restored after an $8 million renovation in the 1990s. Displays and exhibits highlight the building's storied history and feature costumes worn by Ryman performers. A recording studio offers visitors the chance to cut their own CD.
Year-round concerts are offered. Opry at the Ryman shows are offered during the winter season (Nov.-Jan.).
Guided backstage tours are available.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 15 minutes minimum.