2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music's rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry, an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee's number-one attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.
It's been called the “home of American music” and “country's most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Grand Ole Opry to see the show live. Millions more tune in to Opry broadcasts via a mobile app , SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Nashville's 650 AM WSM, and on opry.com and wsmonline.com .
From Philadelphia to Fiji, everyone knows the Grand Ole Opry is the show that made country music famous. How it earned that reputation is quite a tale.
It began on the night of Nov. 28, 1925, when an announcer on Nashville radio station WSM introduced fiddle player Uncle Jimmy Thompson as the first performer on a new show called "The WSM Barn Dance." Now, more than 80 years later, the show Hay started is still going strong. Along the way, it has launched countless country music careers and led the way for Nashville to become Music City.
Early Opry performers such as Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, and Bill Monroe became musical foundations for the Opry during its years in residence at the historic Ryman Auditorium, later welcoming to the stage artists who would become entertainment icons in their own right including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Bill Anderson.
The Opry said goodbye to the Ryman Auditorium on Friday night, March 15, 1974 to take up residence at the newly built Grand Ole Opry House. The next night, President Richard Nixon joined Roy Acuff on stage at the Grand Ole Opry House. Still, they could keep in touch with the traditions of the Ryman because an six-foot circle of hardwood was taken from the Ryman and placed center stage at the Opry House.
Today the magic continues. Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Mel Tillis, and Carrie Underwood are among the stars who are part of the Opry family. Thousands of people make pilgrimages every year to see and hear them, while millions tune in to enjoy the Opry via 650 AM WSM, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, syndicated radio, or opry.com.
The Grand Ole Opry is presented at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville for the winter. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry presents eight or more artists on each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist's musical style. Only the Opry... there's nothing quite like it anywhere else! Please note that artists and schedule are subject to change without notice.
PLAN A TOUR
There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous!
Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show.
You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done. Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW.
Now you can take the tour right after the world-famous Grand Ole Opry show! After you see the show - see what it's like behind the scenes! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens on the other side of the curtain of the show that made country music famous - right after the show ends! This tour is available on nights when there is only one Grand Ole Opry show.
You'll visit the artist entrance where everyone has walked in for the show earlier that night, and you may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle just as a parade of artists have done a few minutes earlier.
You'll also get a glimpse of some of the Opry's 18 dressing rooms, each uniquely themed to tell part of the Opry story Darius and Opry announcer Bill Cody will share via videos. Post-show tours often also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW. After you take in an Opry performance, let us officially say "Welcome to the Family!"
There is nothing like being backstage during a performance of the Opry. This exclusive tour offers just that - for the first time ever. Be a VIP backstage! Superstar Opry member Garth Brooks has said it best: “No offense at all to the people sitting in the seats, but the real show is backstage. That's the Opry.”
With the Behind The Opry Curtain VIP Tour, an exclusive group of fans (no more than 10 guests per tour) can for the first time ever experience the Opry as a true backstage VIP. You'll go behind the scenes in the exciting moments just before show time, learning from your knowledgeable guide and others about the inner workings of the show and watching Opry staffers and artists readying for another great night of music.
Then you'll be on stage as the big red curtain goes up for the first performance of the show— a moment you'll never forget! Following your tour, you'll be personally escorted to your seats in the Opry House to enjoy the rest of the performance with your new-found perspective of what it's like to be in the middle of it all at country music's most famous show.
So you're thinking about a getaway to Nashville? Perfect choice! Whether you're ready for a family vacation, a music-filled weekend with friends, or the perfect finish line for a great road trip, Music City is for you.
HOW TO GET HERE
grand ole opry house [ February - October ]
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
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Ryman auditorium [ November - January ]
116 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219
Music City evokes vivid images - a single spotlight illuminating a microphone, skyscrapers towering protectively over the Mother Church of Country Music, stately Southern mansions, a Greek temple sitting serenely on a grassy knoll. The area's many attractions paint a picture of this unique Southern city and leave an indelible impression on all who visit.
452 East Christmas Boulevard Santa Claus , IN 47579 (812) 937 - 5202
Why Holiday World?
Because Santa says so! And Holidog, too. And Kitty Claws. And all of our award-winning friendly Hosts and Hostesses.
Oh, yeah … and those top-ranked coasters and ginormous water park.
505 Deaderick St., 3rd Floor Nashville , TN 37243 1402 (615) 782-4000
800 Fort Negley Boulevard Nashville , TN 37203 (615) 862-5160
Adventure Science Center is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to igniting curiosity and inspiring the lifelong discovery of science since 1945. With 44,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Center features nearly 200 hands-on exhibits focused on biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy and earth science.
Our award-winning programs include daily science demonstrations, Discovery Cart activities, workshops, lectures, camps, Science Cafes and other special events. The Sudekum Planetarium features state-of-the-art digital projection and surround sound to present programs on a wide range of sciences, history, culture and laser shows.
Serving more than 300,000 people annually, Adventure Science Center continues to be a premier attraction and learning center for visitors throughout Middle Tennessee and far beyond.
3777 Nolensville Rd. Nashville , TN 37211 (615) 833-1534
Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park serving Middle Tennessee, southern Kentucky and hundreds of thousands of tourists that travel to Nashville every year.
Since opening its doors in 1991, the Zoo has grown from a small, private operation in Cheatham County to an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facility with international conservation involvement. Over three-quarters of a million visitors come to Nashville Zoo annually, making us the number one attraction in Middle Tennessee.
Zoo At A Glance
- Animal Species: 347
- Individual Animals: 2,518
- Annual Attendance: 776,855
- Number of School Children: 60,000+
- Membership: 34,000 households representing 145,000 individuals
- Over 2,600 volunteers contributing more than 34,000 hours
- Association of Zoos and Aquariums
- World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
- Center for Nonprofit Management
- Charity Navigator
- Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Nashville Chamber of Commerce
- Williamson County Chamber of Commerce
- Inter-Museum Council of Nashville
- Nashville Hotel and Lodging Association
- Student & Youth Travel Association
- American Bus Association
- The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
- Nashville Attractions Coalition
222 25th Avenue North Nashville , TN 37203 (615) 862-8480
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, there are over 13,000 acres of open space, including 121 Parks and 19 greenways. There's something for everyone, including passive and active recreation activities. We offer senior programs, special population programs, cultural arts classes, dog parks, a variety of trails, nature programs, sports leagues, art galleries, and much more. Come visit Nashville parks!
It is the mission of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation to provide every citizen of Nashville and Davidson County with an equal opportunity for safe recreational and cultural activities within a network of parks and greenways that preserves and protects the region's natural resources
Nashville's municipal park system was established in April of 1901. The first park in the system was Watkins Park. This was closely followed by the acquisition of Federal Park (grounds of the Customs House) and then Centennial park in 1902. In 1963 the first Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation was appointed in accordance with the Metro charter. The Metro charter authorizes this board to employ a director of parks and to supervise, control, and operate the park and reservation system of the metropolitan government.
222 Fifth Avenue South Nashville , TN 37203 (615) 416-2001
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the non-profit, educational Country Music Foundation® (CMF). The mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry, and the general public—in the Nashville area, the nation, and world.
About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city's rapidly growing core, a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway, across the street from Bridgestone Arena and Music City Center, and adjacent to the Omni Hotel. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection, recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views.
In the museum's core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens. Sing Me Back Home is enhanced by several limited-engagement exhibits including The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country ; Reba: All the Women I Am (closing June 22, 2014); Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access ; Kenny Rogers: Through the Years (opening August 15, 2014); and Crystal Gayle: When I Dream . The newACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery offer visitors a hands-on immersion into today's country music with artifacts from today's country stars and a series of technology-enhanced activities that will allow guests to become “Certified Country.”
In addition to world class galleries, the museum has the 800-seat CMA Theater; the Taylor Swift Education Center; and multi-purpose event rental spaces already in high demand. Other historic properties of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include the legendary letterpress operation Hatch Show Print (expanded and relocated inside the museum) and Historic RCA Studio B (located on famed Music Row), Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio, where landmark recordings by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and many others were made.
Since 1987, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, certifying that the museum operates according to the highest standards, manages its more than two million-item collection responsibly, and provides quality service to the public. Of the 17,500 museums nationwide, only some 800 are accredited.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has developed multiple platforms to make its collection accessible to a wider audience. From weekly instrument demonstrations to its flagship songwriting program for schools, Words & Music, the museum offers an aggressive schedule of educational programs. The museum also operates CMF Records, a Grammy-winning re-issue label ( The Complete Hank Williams and Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970) ;and CMF Press, a book publishing arm that releases exhibit-related books in cooperation with Vanderbilt University Press and other major trade publishing houses. Follow us: @countrymusichof on Twitter | countrymusichof on Facebook
4107 Hillsboro Circle Nashville , TN 37215 (615) 297-0296
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Established in 1980, Carol Stein's Cumberland Gallery exhibits well-established and promising emerging artists. Tennessee and the Southeast constitute the primary focus, but national-level artists are well represented in a variety of media including: painting, works on paper, photography and sculpture.
Carol Stein, Director
Jason Lascu, Preparator
Lydia Denkler, Gallery Manager
Thank you for your interest in the gallery. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the aesthetics of the work we show or visit the gallery prior to submitting work for consideration. While we feature some emerging artists, the gallery focuses on established, mid-career artists with a cohesive body of work. Artists may submit an information packet to the gallery which should include a disk of select digital images, a concise artist's statement, resume, and price list. Appropriately sized SASE complete with sufficient return postage should be included if you wish to receive your materials back.
Submissions are reviewed as time allows. Please do not call regarding the status of your submission. Once again, thank you for your interest in Cumberland Gallery!
4001 Bell Road Hermitage , TN 37076 (615) 889-7050
Plan Your Visit
- Treetop Adventure Park
- Lakeside Cabins
- RV Sites
- Jet-Ski Rentals
- Pontoon Boat Rentals
- Where to Stay
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417 4th Avenue North Nashville , TN 37201 (615) 244-3263
The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The MHOF timeline starts with the beginning of recorded music and inductees are nominated by current members of the American Federation of Musicians and by other music industry professionals.
401 Gay Street
Nashville, TN 37201
1st Floor of the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Museum entrance on Musicians Way
Monday – Saturday
10:00am – 5:00pm
Hours could change due to private events, please check website before coming.
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Adults – (Ages (18 and up) $ 18.95
Children (Ages 10 – 17) $ 10.95
Children Age 9 and under w/adult FREE
Sr. Citizens (65 +) $ 15.95
Groups of 10 + IDENTIFICATION MUST BE PRESENTED FOR DISCOUNT TO APPLY
502 SE Broad Street Murfreesboro , TN 37130 (615) 890-2300 Member Since: 2013
Chartered in 1986 as Children's Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, the Discovery Center provides hands-on education opportunities for the community. An extensive grassroots campaign orchestrated by young parents led to purchasing a building and creating exhibits and programs. During its first year of operation, over 11,000 visitors came to experience the museum's exhibits and programs. Now, 27 years after its inception, the Discovery Center serves as a vibrant community and tourism center with over 120,000 children and families exploring the exhibits each year.
Makespace: Ideas made real!
If you can think it, you can make it. Makerspace provides all the tools, technology and materials you need to tinker, re-purpose, take apart, put back together or make anything you imagine.
Every week is a little different, but here are some things you might encounter in Makerspace:
- 3-D printing demonstrations
Visit our Programs & Events page for a complete list of Makerspace projects and programs!
Makerspace and Makerspace programs are included with admission.
919 Broadway Nashville , TN 37203 3822 (615) 244-3340
Unlike any traditional museum you've ever visited, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville's rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries. See a list of current and upcoming exhibitions.
The Frist Center was conceived as a family-friendly place and one of the most popular locations in the center is the innovative Martin ArtQuest Gallery . It's a colorful space alive with the sounds of learning through making art! ArtQuest activities abound for people of all ages. With 30 interactive stations, and the assistance of knowledgeable staff and volunteers, ArtQuest teaches through activity. Make a print, paint your own original watercolor, create your own colorful sculpture! It's all there in ArtQuest, and it's free with gallery admission for adults and always free for youth 18 and under.
While at the Frist Center, be sure to stop by the Frist Center's beautiful Gift Shop . There, you'll find a fabulous array of art prints, books, educational materials, art supplies, clothing, blown glass, pottery, and magnificent jewelry made by local and regional artisans. Items are available in a wide range of prices, so there's always something to fit your budget. Because much of the merchandise relates to the Frist Center's exhibitions, the array changes often. No wonder it's often called the best gift shop in Nashville. Discounts for Frist Center members can make it a bargain hunter's dream!
The popular Frist Center Café features a variety of delicious homemade soups, luscious desserts, salads, and sandwiches, making the Café a popular gathering place for brunch, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings when the Frist Center stays open until 9:00 p.m.
Frist Center memberships are available at a number of levels and are a great bargain. Membership is another great Frist Center value and includes unlimited visits, special Member-only invitations, gift shop discounts, discounted parking, guest passes, and special rates on venue rental, just to name a few benefits.
The Frist Center is open seven days a week. For information on adult or student tours, click here.
2102 Belcourt Avenue Nashville , TN 37212 (615) 846-3150
The Belcourt Theatre is a unique Nashville treasure with a vibrant historic past and deep roots in the community. Today, the Belcourt is a nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, world, repertory and classic cinema. The Belcourt provides opportunities for people of all ages to discover, explore and learn through the power of film. We cultivate and build on the powerful sense of shared experience that audiences can achieve — taking advantage of our building's physical character and location in the heart of a lively Nashville neighborhood. At the same time, we work with community partners throughout Nashville to bring inspiring films to children and young people.
Since the re-opening of the theatre in 1999, over a half million people have visited the Belcourt to see more than 1,000 films from every corner of the globe. A favorite rental venue for concerts, the Belcourt stage is a special place to find musicians both established and emerging.
Today, the Belcourt Theatre thrives. Showing movies 365 days a year, the Belcourt is Nashville's choice for the best foreign, independent and classic films. And its national reputation continues to grow. The Belcourt is among a very select group of theaters chosen as a venue for the Sundance Film Festival USA Program. It is one of several national and international partners invited to participate in Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue Through Film, an initiative of the Sundance Institute, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Kingston Springs, TN 37082 8614 (615) 297-2250
ECO CANOPY ZIP TOURS
Nashville's Most Exciting AdventureZip Tours include 9 zip lines and are approximately 90 minutes long. Zip tours may be combined with other Adventure Park activities. Zip lines vary in length and height: up to 800 feet long, and about 85 feet high. (Closed-toed shoes are recommended; no flip-flops.)
Open Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 1pm-4 pm . Reservations are recommended.
$56 per adult, $48 per child under 18 (Price includes tax)
1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville , TN 37205 (615) 356-8000
THE HISTORY OF CHEEKWOOD
The history and origin of Cheekwood are intimately interwoven with the growth of Nashville, the Maxwell House coffee brand and the Cheeks, one of the city's early entrepreneurial families.
Christopher T. Cheek moved to Nashville in the 1880's and founded a wholesale grocery business. His son, Leslie Cheek, joined him as a partner.
In 1896, Leslie Cheek married Mabel Wood of Clarksville, Tennessee. Their son, Leslie Jr., was born in 1908 and their daughter, Huldah, in 1915. By that year, Leslie Cheek was president of the family firm.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP
During these same years, the elder Cheeks cousin, Joel Cheek, developed a superior blend of coffee that was marketed through the best hotel in Nashville, the Maxwell House. His extended family, including Leslie and Mabel Cheek, were investors. In 1928, Postum (now General Foods) purchased Maxwell House's parent company, Cheek-Neal Coffee, for more than $40 million.
With their income secured by the proceeds from the sale, the Cheeks bought 100 acres of what was then woodland in West Nashville for a country estate. To design and build the house and grounds, they hired New York residential and landscape architect, Bryant Fleming, and gave him control over every detail - from landscaping to interior furnishings. The result was a limestone mansion and extensive formal gardens inspired by the grand English houses of the 18th century. Fleming's masterpiece, Cheekwood, was completed in 1932.
BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
Leslie and Mabel Cheek moved into the mansion in January 1933. Leslie Cheek lived at Cheekwood for just two years before his death at 61.
In 1943, Mabel Cheek deeded the house to her daughter, Huldah Cheek Sharp, and her husband, Walter Sharp. The Sharps lived at Cheekwood until the 1950s when they offered it as a site for a botanical garden and art museum.
The development of the property was spearheaded by the Exchange Club of Nashville, the Horticultural Society of Middle Tennessee and many other civic groups. The Nashville Museum of Art donated its permanent collections and proceeds from the sale of its building to the effort. The new Cheekwood opened to the public in 1960.
Free High Speed WiFi throughout Hotel.
Start your day off right with our Free Hot Continental Breakfast.
Free Parking is available for all our guests.
Fitness Room with all state of the art equipment and Business Center.
Free High Speed WiFi throughout Hotel.
Start your day off right with our Free Hot Continental Breakfast.
Free Parking is available for all our guests.
Fitness Room with all state of the art equipment and Business Center.