116 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219
Service animals are welcome in Ryman Auditorium. Service animals must be wearing proper identification [i.e. red vest] and/or individuals must have proof of certification or a license for the service animal. The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
We have an ATM available in lower lobby, just outside the auditorium doors in the airlock. Please ask an usher or security for assistance.
GUIDED BACKSTAGE TOURS
Take a guided Backstage Tour through the dressing rooms dedicated to the stars of the Ryman’s rich musical past, including Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams. Stand in the wings where performers as varied as Katharine Hepburn, Elvis Presley, and James Brown have stood awaiting their time in the spotlights. Look out at the famous “Ryman Alley” where the stars cross over to the honky tonks and the Everly Brothers were discovered. Backstage Tours are offered on the hour and half past from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Backstage Tour availability is limited and subject to cancellation due to concerts and special events. Ryman Auditorium is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Backstage Tour tickets include admission to the Self-Guided Tour and are available at the box office or online. For more information click here.
The Ryman Box Office is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For nighttime events, the box office re-opens at least one hour prior to doors opening. Our box office sells tickets to all of our concert events, Self-Guided Tours, Backstage Tours as well as the Grand Ole Opry®. Concert tickets are also available online. Self-Guided and Backstage Tour tickets are available here.
A casual chef-driven Nashville eatery and bar
For over 125 years the Ryman has been serving up historically cool entertainment experiences for Nashvillians and visitors alike. Cafe Lula expands the Ryman’s offerings with a menu of noteworthy Nashville-centric food and drink.
The food is fresh and flavorful. Cafe Lula features chicken, turkey, pork and ribeye fresh from the rotisserie – carved for a sandwich or served as an entrée. The chef’s rotisserie interpretation of Nashville Hot Chicken is a menu standout. Chipotle Seared Salmon is another favorite. Flavorful side dishes, sauces, mustards and dressings are created in-house by Lula’s culinary team. If you’re looking for a salty snack, Cafe Lula’s house made chips will hit the spot. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Cafe Lula has desserts baked fresh each day.
The beverages are local. Enjoy coffee from 8th & Roast in the morning or as an afternoon pick-me-up. The full bar features local favorites including Arrington wine, Picker’s Vodka and Jackalope beer on tap.
The location is prime. Cafe Lula is located at the center of the Music City universe – outside the front doors of Ryman Auditorium. Dine inside and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the action on lower Broadway through the floor to ceiling windows. If the weather’s nice, choose a seat on the covered porch.
The vibe is casual and friendly. Order from the counter and have your meal delivered to your table. Take a seat at the bar for a great view of the open kitchen. Grab a meal to go. Whatever your choice, you’ll be well cared for by Cafe Lula’s warm and welcoming staff.
Cafe Lula is open from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily with extended hours when there are events at the Ryman. Happy Hour is from 3:00-5:00pm daily featuring drink and appetizer specials.
*Hours are subject to change
The camera policy for concerts at the Ryman is set by the event promoter or performer. Please check your ticket to see if the policy is listed. If photography is allowed, you may bring in a digital, disposable or 35mm camera. Professional cameras with detachable or telephoto lenses are prohibited.
During daytime tours of the Ryman, cameras are allowed. Cameras, however, are not permitted at anytime during the Backstage Tour.
No coat check is available at this time.
CODE OF CONDUCT
We ask all guests to be respectful of those around them. Any guest who interferes with the enjoyment of another individual during an event is subject to immediate ejection from the building. If you are asked to leave the building and do not comply, we reserve the right to involve Metro Police.
Standing on pews or any other building structures is not permitted and may result in ejection from the event. Standing in aisles and doorways also is prohibited.
Prohibited items include: weapons, oversized bags, outside food and beverage, cans, bottles, alcohol, drugs, laser pens, masks, laptops, musical instruments (with the exception for the usage during Make A Record), video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices (unless special permission is granted and/or “taper” tickets are offered to the ticket buyer) and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses. Tennessee state law prohibits smoking at the Ryman and federal law prohibits ignition of an open flame in a National Historic Landmark.
(615) 889-3060 or visit our contact page to reach a specific department.
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DOOR OPENING TIMES
Doors for events open one hour prior to event start time unless otherwise noted on your ticket and/or our website.
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EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES
Ryman Auditorium personnel have been fully trained in emergency evacuation procedures to ensure the safe evacuation of all patrons in the case of an emergency. Please take note of the nearest exit to your seat when you arrive at the venue. There are exits on the West, North, and East sides of the building on both the Main Floor as well as the balcony level. Please take caution when using the stairs during an evacuation. Elevators will be locked for your safety and not in operation in case of an evacuation.
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Our security and staff are trained in first aid and CPR. If you need assistance, please seek out the nearest Ryman staff person.
Flash photography is prohibited during the backstage portion of the daytime tours. Photography during concerts is at the discretion of the event promoter or performer [see “Cameras” above] but flash typically is not permitted during concerts
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Visit the Ryman Gift Shop located in the lobby for Ryman t-shirts, seat cushions, and other souvenirs. We also have a variety of Hatch Show Prints, CDs, and books. Select items are also available online. The gift shop is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during concerts and events.
GRAND OLE OPRY
Ryman Auditorium is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Any guest in need of assistance during an event should seek an Usher or Security Officer.
For more information on the rich history of the Ryman, please visit our History page here.
LOST & FOUND
If realize you’ve lost an item while still in the building, please inquire with Security for assistance locating the item. If you discover you’ve lost an item after you’ve left the building, please call 615-458-8700. Ryman Auditorium assumes no responsibility for lost items.
If you have lost your tickets or they have been stolen, please return to your point of purchase for further assistance. If you have purchased tickets at a TicketMaster outlet or TicketMaster.com please call TicketMaster Customer Service at 615-255-9600.
Visit the Ryman Gift Shop located in the lobby to buy Ryman t-shirts, seat cushions, and other souvenirs. We also sell a variety of Hatch Show Prints, CDs, DVDs, and books. Select items also are available online.
Visit the Ryman daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Self-Guided and guided Backstage Tours of our historic auditorium (subject to availability). Current exhibits include Workin’ on a Building, Showplace of the South, Mother Church of Country Music, Inspired: 125 Years of Performance, and Ryman Renaissance, where you can see rare and collectible items on display. For more information click here. Tour tickets are available at the box office or online.
We now have valet parking available at the Ryman for most concerts (excluding Grand Ole Opry) provided by Nissan. To utilize the valet parking please enter the Ryman drive from Fifth Avenue and pull up the valet stand. Cost of parking is $20.00 per car. If you drive a Nissan, valet parking is free. Please note that the valet will be open until approximately one hour after the show ends.
There are also many paid parking lots and street meters in the area around the Ryman. For further parking information please visit Park It! Downtown.
Many area hotels, including Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, provide shuttles to the downtown area.
Among the most striking features of the Ryman are the original oak pews. The main floor the pews are original to 1892 and the balcony pews date to 1897. In 1994 during the building renovation the T.L. Whitfield Company of Leeds, Alabama, removed all of the original 250 pews, 500 end pieces, and hundreds of support bases for restoration. A testament to their original craftsmanship and the talents of the Whitfield artisans, the pews were meticulously restored to their original glory and reinstalled in time for the June 1994 re-opening.
Prohibited items include: all weapons including pocket knives, oversized bags, outside food and beverage, cans, bottles, alcohol, drugs, laser pens, masks (and facepaint), laptops/tablets, musical instruments (with the exception for the usage during Make A Record), video cameras, monopods, tripods, audio recording devices (unless special permission is granted and/or “taper” tickets are offered to the ticket buyer), selfie sticks and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses. Tennessee state law prohibits smoking at the Ryman and federal law prohibits ignition of an open flame in a National Historic Landmark.
Proposal packages are now available!
Video cameras, tripods, recording devices, and cameras with telephoto or zoom lenses are not permitted inside the Ryman at any time. This policy is strictly enforced. Failure to comply with this policy may result in ejection from the building. On certain occasions permission is granted by the artist for “taper tickets”. Taper tickets must be purchased at the Ryman box office or by phone 615-889-3060.
REFUNDS & EXCHANGES
The Ryman has a no refund, no exchange policy on tickets for all events. We recommend that you not obtain tickets from unauthorized sources, as they may be stolen or counterfeit, and if so, are void.
RENT THE RYMAN
Host your next event at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Our stage and auditorium are available for any type of event you can dream up! Click here for more information.
Every year, Ryman Auditorium hosts hundreds of concerts, performances and other events pursuant to its contracts with third party clients. The Ryman does not control the content presented during these events and does not take a position on the views expressed by any person associated with such events.
The maximum seating capacity of the Ryman is 2362.
Our seating chart is available here.
Ryman Security is on hand for your safety and protection. All Ryman Security Officers are licensed in the state of Tennessee. If you require assistance of any kind, please seek out the nearest Security Officer.
SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Qualified interpretation is available with three weeks notice. Please contact (615) 889-3060 to arrange for this service.
By law, smoking in all areas of the Ryman is prohibited. You may smoke outside the building in designated smoking areas. Lighting of matches, lighters, or any other flammable devices is not permitted within the building, and use of these devices may result in ejection from the building. All smoking and similar paraphernalia (including E-cigarettes and similar devices) is strictly prohibited.
Tickets for events at Ryman Auditorium may be purchased at the following authorized points of purchase: in person at the Ryman Auditorium Box Office or Opry House Box Office, by calling Ryman/Opry Customer Service at (615) 889-3060, via ryman.com events pages, at a Ticketmaster outlet (i.e. Kroger), by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or online via Ticketmaster.com. (Please note that not all events are available via Ticketmaster. Exclusions include Grand Ole Opry shows at Ryman Auditorium.)
Please be advised that Ryman Auditorium cannot guarantee the authenticity of tickets obtained through any other source. Counterfeit and other invalid tickets will not be honored by Ryman Auditorium. BUYER BEWARE: Should you opt to purchase tickets from a source other than those listed above, please keep in mind the following:
• Admission is not guaranteed if tickets are invalid.
• Tickets cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.
• Ryman Auditorium cannot contact you with information regarding time changes, show cancellations, or other pertinent information.
Tickets are good only for the event for which they are purchased and only for the seat for which they are issued. Tickets are not transferrable. Tickets are limited revocable licenses which may be revoked at the sole discretion of Ryman Auditorium.
Your ticket is a limited revocable license that grants you entry into the Ryman and a reserved seat at a designated Ryman event. Please keep your ticket with you at all times, as Ryman staff may ask to see your ticket at any time. Failure to produce your ticket may result in ejection from event.
THOMAS G. RYMAN
Riverboat Captain Thomas Green Ryman (1841-1904) built the Union Gospel Tabernacle for his friend and spiritual mentor the Rev. Sam Jones. The superior acoustics can be attributed to Ryman’s desire to have Jones’s voice projected clearly and powerfully for all to hear. In 1904, at Ryman’s funeral, Jones suggested to the thousands in attendance that the name of the Tabernacle be changed to Ryman Auditorium. To read more about Captain Ryman click here.
Built in 1892, Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and a must see for anyone visiting Nashville. Most famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, the Ryman is the very epicenter of Music City. Five exhibits are now open: “Workin’ On A Building,” “Roots Run Deep,” “Showplace of the South,” “Inspired: 125 Years of Performance,” and “Ryman Renaissance.” See genuine artifacts from those early Opry years like the dress Dolly Parton wore the night she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. See rare photos from The Johnny Cash Show of Cash with Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong. And, have your picture taken on the stage graced by legends from Houdini and Hank Williams to Bob Hope and Bruce Springsteen.
Take our Backstage Tour through the dressing rooms dedicated to the stars of the Ryman’s rich musical past, including Minnie Pearl and Hank Williams. Stand in the wings where performers as varied as Katharine Hepburn, Elvis, and James Brown have stood awaiting their time in the spotlights. Look out at the famous “Ryman Alley” where the stars cross over to the honky tonks and the Everly Brothers were discovered. Tours are available 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office or online. For more information click here.
Union Gospel Tabernacle
The original name of Ryman Auditorium was Union Gospel Tabernacle. The building was built by Tom Ryman in 1892 as a place for Nashvillians to attend revivals and other religious gatherings. Ryman built the Tabernacle after his experience of being saved when hearing Rev. Sam Jones speak on May 10, 1885. For more information please visit our History page.
VIDEOTAPING / FILMING PERFORMANCES
Unless otherwise posted or announced, videotaping/filming of performances is prohibited at the Ryman except by approved media. This policy is strictly enforced. Failure to comply with this policy may result in ejection from the building.
Ryman Auditorium provides complimentary wheelchair escorts to Guests with special needs when requested during nighttime events. Escorts are available at any entry point. Your escort will not remain with you throughout the show, but they will provide assistance getting to your ticketed seat. To purchase accessibility seating for any Ryman event, please call (615) 889-3060.
WSM – 650 AM
WSM’s first broadcast took place on Oct. 5th, 1925 from the National Life Building at 7th and Union in Nashville, TN. Since that date, they have broadcast the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night – many of these broadcasts coming from within the Ryman walls. Their broadcasts can now be heard streaming over the internet at WSM Online.