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Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

1. Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After entering through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, head into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Explore an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions, chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walkthrough of the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. Upgrade to the Hatch Experience to go behind the scenes at Hatch Show Print. Learn all about the history of this iconic letterpress poster shop. Listen to the presses run, and see 150 years worth of brilliantly colored posters printed for your favorite entertainers. Handle the tools of the trade to print your own keepsake poster!

Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

2. Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

Visit Nashville's newest musical destination, the National Museum of African American Music. Experience interactive and immersive exhibits and learn the history and cultural impact behind your favorite artists. Explore the 56,000-square-foot facility, which is the only museum dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles.  Learn about the music that was created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop. Discover artifacts, objects, memorabilia, clothing, and state-of-the-art technology. Each gallery is designed to share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history. Hear the story of how a distinct group of people used their artistry to impact and change the world.

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

3. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

Go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and enjoy exclusive access to the venue that made country music famous. Your expert guide will take you through the venue and introduce you to the famous musicians and stories that have made this such a beloved chapter in Nashville's history. See artifacts and photos from all eras of music history and walk through the artist's entrance. The Grand Ole Opry truly is a family; learn about the bond between the performers, their families, and this incredible piece of living history. Visit 18 different musician dressing rooms, all decorated in different themes to represent pivotal moments in country music. You may even get a chance to visit Studio A, a working television studio which was home to Hee Haw and many more productions.

Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

4. Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

Step back in time to share the room with your favorite musicians and go behind the scenes of the most famous recording sessions in country music history. Check in at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and be assigned your tour time of RCA Studio B. Hop on a bus there with your guide, then learn about Dolly's "first big break", a fateful Christmas recording session with Elvis, and much more. Stand in the room and feel the magic as famous songs pump through the speakers. After your guided tour of the studio, hop back on the bus to return to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you can explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music on a self-guided tour. Enter through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, before heading into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Discover an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walk through the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. The whole family will come away with a new-found interest and respect in the artistry of the famous musicians that make Nashville famous.

Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

5. Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

For more than 125 years, Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium has been entertaining guests and making music history. Enjoy a self-guided tour as you learn about the Ryman's place in Nashville history and the stars that have launched their career on this famous stage. Join the 'Soul of Nashville' multimedia experience for a thrilling lesson in Ryman Auditorium history featuring stars like Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Darius Rucker. Inside the auditorium, find exhibits and short films featuring your favorite stars of yesterday and today. Some of the stars represented are Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, and Trisha Yearwood. You'll even get the opportunity to take a special photo on the iconic stage.

Nashville Zoo: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

6. Nashville Zoo: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

Skip the purchase lines with this admission ticket to Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Come prepared to immediately start enjoying the animals, attractions, and eateries without the fuss of in-person ticket buying and long wait times. Learn about different animals from all over the world as you watch species such as Tigers, giraffes, bears, monkeys, rhinos, leopards, Flamingos, turtles, and more thriving in beautifully natural outdoor habitats along shaded pathways. Experience other enriching and fun activities such as access to the amphitheater animal shows, keeper talks, Critter Encounters, the Grassmere Historic Home, and more. Take a break at one of a variety of places to eat and drink and have your parking made easy in the available parking garage.

Nashville: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Grounds Pass

7. Nashville: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Grounds Pass

Spend the day exploring the Hermitage, originally the home of past United States President Andrew Jackson. With the grounds pass, explore all the 1,120 acres of one of the top historic sites in Tennessee and one of the largest, most preserved and most visited presidential homes in the U.S. Marvel at the iconic 19th-century home that has been restored to how it originally looked in 1837, making it one of the most accurately preserved presidential residences in the United States. See where Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, lived with his wife and family. Stop at the Andrew Jackson Center, where a film is shown, as well as where the museum and exhibits are located. Take advantage of the included audio tour, which can be accessed on any mobile device as you walk the property. Imagine what the president’s daily life was like as you visit the garden, slave quarters, historical markers, wildlife, hiking trail, historic buildings and the graves of Andrew Jackson and his family. Later, stop at Natchez Hills Winery and enjoy a discounted wine tasting at Natchez Hills Winery and find the perfect souvenir at the Museum Store.

Nashville: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

8. Nashville: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Step into the spotlight at Madame Tussauds Nashville at Opry Mills, the home of famous fun in Nashville. Get up close and personal with several lifelike wax figures of your favorite celebrities. Madame Tussauds Nashville is the world-famous wax attraction focusing on the musical icons that have woven the fabric of American Music.  See and hear the music as you make your way through the 1950's neighborhood where families are gathered around their radio in the comfort of their homes listening to the Grand Ole Opry live from the famous WSM tower. Become a part of history as you step into the room with the legendary quartet during the recording of an impromptu jam session in the Mid-1950s in southwest Tennessee.  The Bluebird Cafe is the most iconic live music venue in Nashville and the setting for famous encounters between Rayna James and Deacon Claybourne on the CMT hit TV series, Nashville. Join Rayna and Deacon in front of the famous setting and be witness to this love story in person. Choose to upgrade your experience with one of the following optional activities at Opry Mills Shopping Mall. Take part in a wine tasting session at the Amber Falls Winery & Cellars Nashville, where you will try 5 of their award-winning wines. Alternatively head to the iconic Hard Rock Cafe in the heart of Nashville's Historic District for a delicious meal surrounded by legendary rock and roll memorabilia. The "Acoustic Meal" includes a 2-course meal with a drink.

Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

9. Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

On this 3.5-hour Discover Nashville Tour you’ll see the highlights of Music City. You’ll also enjoy admission and self-guided tours at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Ryman Auditorium. You’ll see Nashville’s most famous landmarks, including the historic downtown area, Honky Tonk Row, Riverfront Park, Fort Nashborough, the Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Mall, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, and Music Row – home to historic Studio B. No tour of Music City would be complete without a self-guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, known as the Mother Church of Country Music, and the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The Hall of Fame & Museum is a USD 37 million interactive musical experience and a tribute to Country music and to the city of Nashville. Please note that there are occasions when the Ryman Auditorium or the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum may be closed, and substitutions will be made as possible.

Nashville: Top Attractions City Pass

10. Nashville: Top Attractions City Pass

The Nashville Explorer Pass offers you a selection of over 10 must-see attractions, landmarks, and tours for one discounted pre-paid price. Save up to 8% compared to regular admission, have everything arranged in advance, and get exclusive extras. Your pass features special perks including moonshine tastings, an Opry Mills coupon book, or a poster souvenir, helping you make the most of your Nashville trip and save even more along the way. Plus, there's no need to decide what you’ll do or see in advance, and you can take up to one year after purchasing the pass to make your first visit. Choose between a Circle Pass, Music Pass, or Fun Pass: Circle Pass This pass includes access to Nashville’s Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, National Museum of African America Music, and the option between Patsy Cline or Johnny Cash Museum. Music Pass This pass includes access to Nashville’s Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour, Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, and the option between RCA Studio B or Hatch Show Print Studio (with Hatch Souvenir Poster). Fun Pass This pass includes access to Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Johnny Cash Museum, Patsy Cline Museum, and the option between RCA Studio B or Hatch Show Print Studio (with Hatch Souvenir Poster).

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What people are saying about Nashville

Very comprehensive tour!!! Perfect balance between time on the bus viewing historical sites while guide ("Big Jerry") commentated and time on the ground touring the Ryman Auditorium and Music Hall of Fame Museum!

Great introductory tour to Nashville. Awesome guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining! Comfortable bus, easy to get in and out.

Great tour with a super guide, very knowledgeable with a sense of humor.

Getting there early in the AM is best, before tour bus crowds build up.

We loved this tour. Leonard was very informative and funny.