Discover Music City, Where Music Lives!
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp contacts:
Laurel Bennett, Director of Tourism Sales
615-259-4790 / Laurel@visitmusiccity.com
Amy Spear, Senior Tourism Sales Manager
615-259-4716 / Amy@visitmusiccity.com
LouAnna Smith, Tourism Sales Manager
615-259-4758 / LouAnna@visitmusiccity.com
Travel + Leisure ranked Nashville No. 1 in their list of America's Best Cities for Music Scenes.
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s recent expansion has opened a whole new experience to students visiting Nashville. Inside the newly expanded galleries, Discover Your Country offers an interactive journey through country music. Students learn which country music legends inspired today’s hottest artists, discover which job in the music industry their personality may best be suited and even step inside a replica Taylor Swift tour bus to record and master their own version of one of today’s chart topping hits.
Historic RCA Studio B
Once the recording home to music legends like Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley, and more recently Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and Dierks Bently, Historic RCA Studio B is one of Nashville’s most popular student attractions. Students learn the history of Nashville’s recording industry and hear the stories behind some of country music’s most famous recordings. Student groups enjoy the unique opportunity to work with a music row engineer to make their own recording in the same room where Elvis recorded.
Hatch Show Print
The tour of this legendary letterpress icon begins in Hatch Show Print’s production shop. They’ll listen to the crank while learning about the history of Hatch and see the colorful, centuries-old posters that put the shop on the map – as well as recent works of their favorite entertainers! The tour concludes in the Hatch Show Print Space for Design, where groups can handle some of the tools of the trade and smell the ink as they print their own Nashville keepsake.
Fontanel/Music City Ziplines
Nashville’s only celebrity home tour, the Fontanel Mansion, gives visitors a truly interactive experience. Conveniently located three country songs from downtown, the 27,000 square-foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member, Barbara Mandrell, is open daily for guided tours giving you an in-depth look at Barbara’s magnificent career, as well as the careers of some of today’s biggest stars. Groups are also invited to explore our two mile wilderness trail, dine at Café Fontanella, and soar at the Music City Zipline course!
The Johnny Cash Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum is dedicated to the life and music career of the late “Man in Black". Exhibits featuring the world’s largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia, chronicle Cash’s legacy through stunning graphics, artifacts and interactive technology. Items include stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, artwork and handwritten lyrics as well as contributions from family members and notable friends. In addition, there is a coffee shop, café and onsite Event Center.
General Jackson Showboat
The world’s grandest showboat cruises year-round on Nashville’s scenic Cumberland River. The midday cruise offers a delicious lunch featuring live music and an uproarious comedy show along with the scenic beauty of the river. The evening cruise includes a three-course dinner, country music production show, Hot Country Nights, and the ambiance of the Cumberland at night.
Grand Ole Opry
Experience the thrill of performing in front of the world famous Grand Ole Opry with our exclusive Grand Ole Opry Performance Package! Your performance group will entertain in the Opry Plaza as guests are arriving to enjoy the historic Grand Ole Opry show. The package includes: tier 2 seating at the Grand Ole Opry or Opry Country Classics at the Ryman, daytime tour of the Grand Ole Opry House, personalized commemorative performance poster, meal at an Opryland area restaurant, and a press release for the group to distribute to their hometown media. WSM Radio, the radio station that broadcasts the Grand Ole Opry, is now offering group tours of their broadcasting facility (located inside Gaylord Opryland Resort). Your group will learn the history of WSM, including the milestones that have been a part of its legacy. The tour concludes with your guests stepping up to the studio mic and recording their own WSM one-liner.
Madame Tussauds Nashville
New! Open Spring 2017, Madame Tussauds Nashville will provide students with an interactive experience, where they will be able to touch, see, feel and photograph figures of their favorite musicians. The attraction will celebrate the city’s and country’s iconic figures and music through a historical walk of America’s musical past and present. Educational workshops will be available.
Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors musicians from stars to studio players, representing all genres of music- from Hank Williams Sr. to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Motown to Southern Rock. The Musicians Hall of Fame Grammy Gallery showcases interactive stations, teaching students the art of songwriting, production, engineering and recording, as well as coaching them on how to sing backup, rap and record.
Nashville Repertory Theatre
For students in middle school and above, Nashville Repertory Theatre performs the American classic, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, starring Broadway actor and former Tennessee Titan, Eddie George. This remarkable play, (the first play written by an African American woman to appear on Broadway), will run from March 25 - April 22, 2017.
Built in 1892, the Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark, the Pollstar Theatre Venue of the Year and acoustically second only to the Mormon Tabernacle. It is most famous for being the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. See genuine artifacts from those early Opry years and have your picture taken on the stage graced by legends from Houdini and Hank Williams to Keith Urban and Kings of Leon. Backstage tours are available. The newly expanded Ryman Auditorium includes a new café, new event space and a multimedia history tour, The Soul of Nashville.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Schermerhorn Symphony Center is home to the eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony. In addition to more than 100 classical, pops, jazz and family concerts each season, the Symphony also hosts dozens of visiting artists and provides free education and community programs.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
TPAC’s Broadway Series and Nashville Repertory Theatre offer groups diverse and affordable theatre experiences. Exciting upcoming events include Broadway’s The Sound of Music, The Bodyguard, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Riverdance–The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Group benefits include educational materials, post-show Q&As, workshops, and free bus parking.
Don’t miss the following exciting musical productions:
A Tribute to the King: 1953-1977, thenashvilleking.com
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, dinnertheatre.com
Miss Jeanne’s Dinner Theatre, missjeannes.com
Nashville Children’s Theatre, nashvillechildrenstheatre.org
Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, nashvillenightlife.com