AAA Editor Notes
Ryman Auditorium is at 116 Rep. John Lewis Way N.; the lobby and main entrance faces 4th 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. Today the Ryman opens its doors for guided and self-guiding tours, year-round concerts and Grand Ole Opry shows (Opry at the Ryman) during the winter season (Nov.-Jan.).
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. Visitors can cut their own CDs at a recording studio inside.
Guided backstage tours are available.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 15 minutes minimum.