Nashville's Musical Attractions
From new sounds that fill our speakers to old songs that fill our hearts, Nashville has the musical attractions to honor both past and present. We are Music City, after all.
If the walls inside The Bluebird Cafe could talk they would tell the story of how Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, and more got their start. They would reveal the hidden stories behind some of our favorite hits. And they would share some of the best memories Music City holds. This songwriting venue is a legendary hotspot and deserves to be on everyone's bucket list. In addition to daily music, they offer a full dinner and cocktail menu.
In the heart of the SoBro district of Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The facility boasts a vast collection illustrating country music’s story as told through the years. An immense compilation of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, a regular menu of live performances and public programs, a museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining, and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an extraordinary museum experience.
Take a tour of the Fontanel Mansion, a 33,000-square-foot log home on 183 acres of pristine land formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. Nashville's only country music mansion tour, the Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats by providing a truly interactive experience.
With over 100 prized instruments on display, The Gallery of Iconic Guitars (The GIG) at Belmont is designed to celebrate some of the rarest and iconic guitars and stringed instruments ever known. The GIG offers an intimate experience for guitar enthusiasts to view the instruments up-close, as well as provide historical information on each.
Just take a walk down to The George Jones and get an up close and personal experience with The Possum like never before. The museum, located on the second floor, explores the complete life of the singer, from his childhood to his many accomplishments. Plus, you can take a break and enjoy the view from their restaurant, on the first floor, or their rooftop patio, on the fourth floor.
The Grand Ole Opry is the longest running radio program. It started here in Music City back in 1925. Ryman Auditorium, War Memorial Auditorium, and more have housed the radio program until it found its permanent home at the Grand Ole Opry House. The great news - not much has changed as each night promises performances from some of our favorite artists. What is really special, most artists dream of playing the Grand Ole Opry stage offering an experience for both performer and attendee. Also, they offer Grand Ole Opry House Daytime Backstage Tours which allow you to walk in the footsteps of country music’s superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music.
Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway is a place not to be messed with. It will turn you around, have you singing at the top of your lungs, dancing, and laughing the entire time. Each bar on this legendary strip offers a stage (if not multiple), a bar, and a great time. Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, and more all got their start here. And one of the best parts, THEY ARE FREE! Just remember to bring some cash to tip the band.
Hatch Show Print is one of America's oldest working letterpress poster shops. Since 1879, Hatch has created original art for Mumford and Sons, Elvis, Grand Ole Opry stars, and more. They offer daily tours that dive deep into the history of Hatch Show Print giving guests the opportunity to discover more about letterpress printing, and you even get to print your own commemorative poster.
The Historic RCA Studio B provides a glimpse into Nashville music-making during one of its most exciting periods. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “He’ll Have to Go,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and “I Will Always Love You” are just a few hits that were recorded here. Tours depart daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and are available in conjunction with Museum admission.
Record a song in Music City with the industry's top session pros at Imagine Recordings. They are located on Music Row where all the greats lay their tracks. It's the best way to see the art of music-making and the science of recording in Music City.
The Johnny Cash Museum is dedicated to the life and music career of the late “Man in Black” and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Exhibits chronicle The Man in Black's life with stunning graphics, artifacts and interactive technology and include stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, artwork, and handwritten songs as well as artifacts from family members and notable friends. This amazing historic museum is walking distance from Nashville's Lower Broadway.
Songstress Loretta Lynn has her very own ranch not too far from Music City. Guests can journey on over to visit the 18,000-square-foot Coal Minor's Daughter Museum. They also have concerts and special events to take part in on a regular basis.
The world-famous family friendly wax attraction will provide an interactive experience, allowing you to step into immersive iconic scenes and musical performances that cannot be found anywhere else. Sing along with Patsy Cline, jam out with Elvis, take a selfie with Luke Bryan, and interact with some of the most iconic musical talents from Nashville and beyond.
The Music City Walk of Fame on Nashville's Music Mile is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.
Seven incredible singers, backed by a world-class band, perform 16 of the most popular songs born in Nashville, taking you through 60 years of American country hit songs and the stories behind them.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The museum showcases the stories of various artists throughout music history, and the instruments they used to record their classic hits. In addition, the first GRAMMY Museum Gallery in the world is open inside the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, too! The gallery is set up for guests to explore the history of the GRAMMY Awards, experience what it’s like to be on the stage, and the recording process. And don't miss The Rolling Stones Exhibit, which opened March 29th. It tells the story of the most influential rock band in history through more than 500 artifacts and memorabilia from the past 54 years.
The Nashville Jazz Workshop provides classes, public performances, and special events throughout the year for the jazz community. You can find them over in their Germantown location where they host regular open houses in their Jazz Cave, an intimate 80-seat room with world-class acoustics.
The Nashville Palace offers authentic country tunes 7 days of the week. It first opened in 1977 and musicians like Jerry Reed, George Jones, Randy Travis, and Roy Acuff have performed on its stage. The tradition continues today as many up-and-coming artists and legends can be found here belting out their tunes for all to hear.
Nashville Studio Tour offers the ultimate recording studio experience, including an intimate acoustic performance. Over the course of 90 minutes, you'll get an up close and personal look at a "real" Nashville recording studio, you'll sit in on a live pro vocal session with a CMA and ACM Nominated artist, and you'll even go behind the mic to experience it all first hand.
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is home to the Nashville Symphony and has a calendar of great shows throughout the year. The building is beautiful and they offer tours to explore the architecture of the Nashville Symphony's home.
Opening in 2019, the National Museum of African American Music is set to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
Patsy Cline was part of the Nashville sound from the late 1950s to early 1960s. She was a great entertainer and best known for hits such as "Crazy" and "Walking After Midnight." Now you can explore her life thanks to The Patsy Cline Museum which holds never before seen artifacts.
Ray Stevens has opened up his very own showroom in Nashville. This baby is a state-of-the-art performance center which will host the Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville tv show airing on local PBS stations.
The Ryman Auditorium was built in 1892, and does it have a story to tell. Since its creation, it has been called "The Mother Church of Country Music," "Home of Bluegrass," "Carnegie Hall of the South," and won multiple awards for best music venue by Pollstar and the Academy of Country Music. Musicians, songwriters, performers, presidents, and more have stepped inside its halls to relish in its marvel. Explore every facet of this historic landmark as you tour exhibits that show you unique artifacts that unravel the amazing story behind the Ryman Auditorium.
The Storytellers Museum & Hideaway Farm brings to life the history of the property which was once owned by Johnny Cash. The tours will allow you to see the "Little Stage" which once hosted "Saturday Night in Hickman County," view memorabilia from the "Man in Black," learn about the house which was built before the Civil War, and more.
Discover the King of Rock and Roll in Music City with John Beardsley's high-energy live performance of A Tribute to the King: Through the Years 1953-1977. The musical showcases the life and career of Elvis Presley from 1953 to 1977 through 30 songs and 5 costume changes. Also, it highlights the King's Nashville career where he recorded over 300 songs.