Discover Music City, Where Music Lives!
Country Music Hall of Fame
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.
Fontanel/Music City Ziplines
Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, the Fontanel Mansion gives visitors a truly interactive experience. The 27,000 square-foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member, Barbara Mandrell, is open daily for guided tours. Groups are invited to explore the trails, dine at Café Fontanella restaurant, and enjoy the new Music City Ziplines course.
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, during its 90th season 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. NEW in 2015: 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.
Hatch Show Print
The tour of this legendary letterpress icon begins in Hatch Show Print’s production shop. The nearly 135-year-old business will engage students’ senses. They’ll listen to the crank while learning about the history of Hatch. They’ll 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.
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.
The Johnny Cash Museum
The newly-expanded Johnny Cash Museum is located in the heart of downtown Nashville! Choirs and bands of up to 50 can perform in the museum and a Cash family member will greet student groups of up to 30 or more. The museum features interactive iPad devices, two theaters and authentic instruments from every decade of Johnny's music. Come take a walk through the Man in Black's life and experience the legend.
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. NEW in 2015: The Musicians Hall of Fame opens the Grammy Gallery. Interactive stations will teach students the art of songwriting, production, engineering and recording, as well as coach them on how to sing backup, rap and record.
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. NEW in 2015: The Ryman has expanded! The expansion includes a new café, new event space and a multimedia history tour, The Soul of Nashville.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Schermerhorn Schermerhorn Symphony Center is home to the critically-acclaimed Nashville Symphony. In addition to the GRAMMY®-winning orchestra’s more than 100 classical, pop, 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 Nashville Repertory Theatre offer groups diverse and affordable theatre experiences. Exciting upcoming events include Broadway’s Matilda, Motown The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, Cinderella, Mamma Mia, and Beauty and the Beast. Group benefits include educational materials, post-show Q&As, meet & greets with the cast, master classes, acting 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