- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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There's no better place to start absorbing Nashville's musical heritage than the Ryman Auditorium. It's no longer home to the Grand Ole Opry, but the auditorium continues to host contemporary acts like Earth, Wind & Fire and Hunter Hayes. Recent visitors suggest opting for a tour to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the legendary music venue. One TripAdvisor user writes: "There is such an experience in roaming around a place that has seen so much history." Along the way, you'll spot historic dressing rooms that are still in use today, along with rare photos and videos from Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong. Sit in on the "Soul of Nashville" screening for a multidimensional experience that uses archival images and footage of performers from the Ryman's past to illustrate its role in music history. Plus, you can learn about the auditorium's backstory with its newest "Workin' on a Building" exhibit, which displays artifacts from the Ryman's construction. What's more, you can test out your own pipes at the Ryman's recording studio and record a CD to take home as a souvenir.
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tours cost $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 11 (there is an additional charge for the guided Backstage Tour option). You should also check the Ryman Auditorium website for a full list of upcoming concerts.
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