Most people come to Nashville for the music, but my family is more focused on food and shopping (we’re doing our part to stimulate the economy). We did get to SEE the Ryman though.
The spectacular auditorium was first opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. It was built by Thomas Ryman (1843–1904), a riverboat captain and Nashville businessman who owned several saloons. After his death, the Tabernacle was renamed Ryman Auditorium in his honor.
A National Historic Landmark, the Ryman Auditorium served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman, voted one of the Top Ten “Best Live Music Venues” in the nation by Citysearch patrons, continues its more-than-100-year music tradition by offering the best in live entertainment.
For more information, visit www.ryman.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.