Discover Music City, Where Music Lives!
Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will more than double in size by early 2014. New expanded spaces will include an 800-seat CMA Theater, interactive Youth Gallery, Taylor Swift Education Center and Hatch Show Print. Brand-new exhibits for 2013 include “Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour,” featuring costumes, instruments, microphones and more from Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour. “Reba: All the Woman I Am,” explores her enduring career spanning more than 50 Top Ten singles and more #1 country albums than any other female artist. The “Dreaming My Dreams” exhibit features over 100 artifacts from both today’s stars and yesterday’s legends. Groups can be a Star for a Day and record their own hit song at Historic RCA Studio B on Music Row or join in on Sharing the Art of Songwriting with one of Music City’s most accomplished writers.
Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, the Fontanel Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the life of country music by providing a truly hands-on interactive experience. The 27,000-squarefoot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell is open daily for guided tours. Guests are invited to explore the trails, dine at Café Fontanella and shop in the Goo Goo Outpost. NEW in 2013: Music City Zips opens ZIP LINES at Fontanel!
General Jackson Showboat
The General Jackson, the world’s grandest showboat, cruises year-round on Nashville’s scenic Cumberland River. The midday cruise offers a delicious lunch, which features lively music and an uproarious comedy show along with the scenic beauty of the river. The evening cruise offers a three-course dinner, country music production show and the ambiance of the Cumberland at night.
Grand Ole Opry
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. Guided tours of the Grand Ole Opry House offer visitors an up-close look at the venue and country’s most famous show, including themed dressing rooms, the artists’ entrance, the Opry stage and more. Tours offered daily.
Gray Line Sightseeing Tour
Discover Nashville and all it has to offer with a Gray Line Sightseeing Tour. New tour offerings include “Music City Quest,” a group scavenger hunt in the heart of downtown Nashville, and ABC’s “Nashville,” exploring the real-life filming locations featured in the hit TV show.
The Johnny Cash Museum
Nashville’s newest attraction, The Johnny Cash Museum is located in the heart of downtown Nashville! The museum features the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. State of the art exhibits, a museum gift store and special events make this THE Cash venue to visit.
Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium will be the new 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 Motown to Southern Rock.
Built in 1892, the Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and Pollstar’s Concert Venue of the Year. 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 also available.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Schermerhorn Symphony Center is home to the critically-acclaimed Nashville Symphony. In addition to the GRAMMY®-winning orchestra’s more than 100 classical, pops, family and special concert events each season, the Symphony hosts a wide range of performances, including jazz, world music, recitals, choral concerts and more.
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
TPAC’s Broadway Series and Tennessee Repertory Theatre offer some of the most economical student tickets in the nation! Exciting upcoming events include Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” “Ghost,” “Sister Act,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “War Horse.” Group benefits include special student prices, educational materials, post-show Q&As and meet & greets with the cast, master classes and workshops.
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