Nashville continues its quest to get back to business with the launch of Phase 3 this week, and local institutions the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium are finally reopening their doors to the public for daytime hours beginning this Friday (June 26).
Backstage tours of the Grand Ole Opry House will reopen for a weekend run this weekend Friday, June 26–Sunday, June 28 at 10 a.m. before beginning daily tours on July 2, giving an intimate look at the people, places, and stories behind the show that made country famous. Self-guided tours of the Mother Church will also be available Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m – 3 p.m.
Best-in-class safety procedures and training are being implemented at both venues to help promote guest safety. Both Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry House will strictly adhere to operating plans developed with Vanderbilt Health that meet or exceed CDC and local health department safety guidelines.
To ensure safe social distancing, both venues are operating with limited capacity inside the buildings, staff will wear PPE and receive temperature checks, each guest will receive health screenings before the tour, and guests will be required to wear masks. There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the building for guests to use, with frequent cleaning of high touchpoint areas, and guests will be positioned at least six feet apart while entering and exiting.
The Turn It Up! Ryman’s Rock Legacy exhibit will make its debut when the Ryman reopens for daily tours. The exhibition showcases the Ryman’s rich past that extends far beyond country, and features artifacts from Elvis Presley, Peter Frampton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, John Mellencamp, Wilco, Neil Young, Steve Miller Band, Grace Potter, Drive-by Truckers, Bruce Springsteen and more. Tours of the Ryman begin with a stop in the state-of-the-art Soul of Nashville experience where guests experience a magical journey complete with holograms, special effects, multidimensional film images and archival footage to bring the history of the Ryman to life.
Night-time activities available to the public at both venues remain paused and will resume in accordance with Nashville’s Roadmap to Reopening, and backstage tours of the Ryman will not be offered at this time.
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