Originally called the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the Ryman Auditorium was built in 1892 to give Nashville a permanent place to gather and worship. By the 1920s, it had become Nashville’s cultural center, hosting sought-after traveling acts including Katharine Hepburn, Roy Rogers, John Philip Sousa, Mae West and many, many more. The Grand Ole Opry called the Ryman home from 1943 until the mid 1970s, earning the auditorium its famous nickname, “the Mother Church of Country Music.”
Today, its rich history and outstanding acoustics make the Ryman a favorite venue for musicians and entertainers of all kinds, eager to experience the privilege of facing the pews.
At the Ryman shop, it’s our mission to offer exclusive, high-quality, memorable goods inspired by the incredible audiences and performers who have made (and continue to make) history here, one night at a time. When you make a purchase with us, you become a part of our story—and our future.