Learn the fascinating story of Ryman Auditorium’s more than 125-year history.
Take a walk through the Ryman’s history at your own pace as you stroll the length of our 5th Avenue Vestibule. You’ll find these historic walls are covered with incredible artifacts, historic showbills, archival photos, celebrity memorabilia, and interpretive signage to fill in the details.
Want to know who’s graced this stage?
We’ve collected some of our most impressive highlights in a timeline exhibit featuring everyone from Helen Keller and Houdini to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.
Want to see how far we’ve come?
Get a sense of our history with original architectural elements removed during our extensive renovation in the 1990s.
Want to see how we did it?
Watch a short, fascinating video about the Ryman’s 1994 renovation, restoration and re-opening.