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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Get up close with the iconic instruments, lyrics, and fringe-tastic fashion that has shaped country music to date.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

1. Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Journey through Nashville's top sights with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Head through 'The District,' a downtown area featuring opportunities for world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment. Learn about Nashville's rich history. Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley to view popular attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon, and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall. More than just a sightseeing tour, it's a fun and educational adventure as your trolley conductor provides an entertaining narration that includes little-known facts and behind-the-scenes tips. Avoid city traffic and costly parking with an option that leaves you free to concentrate on taking in the sights. When you're finished, just hop aboard the next Old Town Trolley to continue discovering all that Nashville has to offer. A combination of transportation and entertainment, the Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the city. Offering 13 convenient stops: 1) Lower Broadway 2) 116 5th Ave N: Ryman Auditorium 3) 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S: Country Music Hall of Fame 4) 301 6th Ave N, War Memorial/TPAC5) 401 Gay St: Musicians Hall of Fame 6) 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd: Farmers’ Market 7) Capitol View 8) 1305 Clinton St STE 100: Marathon Village9) 2500 West End Ave, Centennial Park 10) Midtown11) 1901 15th Ave S: Belmont Mansion12) The Gulch 13) 1001 Broadway: Union Station

Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

2. 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: Downtown Helicopter Tour

3. Nashville: Downtown Helicopter Tour

Make your trip to Nashville truly memorable with a helicopter flight over the city's rapidly-growing skyline. Sit back in comfortable leather seats and take in the views. Choose from 2 different options and admire the skyline of 'Music City' and the beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee. Fly over the Parthenon at Centennial Park, the state capitol building, and look straight down at the 50-yard line of the Nissan Stadium. Take in views of the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the AT&T building, and more. Make your way downtown along Broadway, hovering lower than the tops of the buildings. See if you can spot the legendary Tootsies Lounge from this unique vantage point. Upgrade your experience and sip on champagne with a luxurious VIP helicopter experience.

Nashville: Sightseeing Cart Tour

4. Nashville: Sightseeing Cart Tour

Experience Nashville from a local’s perspective while you zip around town in a golf cart, seeing, touching, and smelling your way through the music city. On this tour, hit 35 of the major sightseeing destinations of the city like the Ryman Auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry, the longest-running American radio broadcast in history, is staged, the Gulch, Midtown, Music Row, and many more. After you hit all the sights, pick up some recommendations from your local guide for nightlife and restaurants in Nashville so you can make the most of your time in the vibrant city. During the tour grab the opportunities to stop for priceless photos.

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

5. 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.

Downtown Nashville: Cinderella Private Narrated Carriage

6. Downtown Nashville: Cinderella Private Narrated Carriage

Bring your own royal family or small group for an eye-catching Cinderella tour of Downtown Nashville. This is an amazing way to see all the hotspots of Nashville while making your own new memories. Join your expert guide for a narrated tour while you travel in style. This tour includes hotspots such as: The 5 Star Historical Presidential Hotel The Hermitage Schermerhorn Symphony Center The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Arena The Johnny Cash Museum Riverfront Park Hard Rock Cafe The Wild Horse Saloon Printers Alley The Tennessee State Capitol Building The War Memorial Building Nashville Performing Arts Center Tennessee State Museum The Ryman Auditorium Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Downtown Nashville: Private Narrated Carriage Ride

7. Downtown Nashville: Private Narrated Carriage Ride

This insightful tour includes hotspots such as: The Schermerhorn Symphony Center The Country Music Hall of Fame The Bridgestone Arena The Johnny Cash Museum Riverfront Park Hard Rock Cafe The Wild Horse Saloon The Ryman Auditorium Tootsies Orchid Lounge and other tourist attractions and insight into various popular dining establishments around our great city.

Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

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

Discover Nashville on a guided tour of the city's hottest sites aboard a comfortable van. Enjoy admission and self-guided tours of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Ryman Auditorium. Be picked up near the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and begin your tour through the city's landmarks. Ride through the historic downtown area and take in the vibe at Honk Tonk Row. Pass by Riverfront Park, Fort Nashborough, and the State Capitol.  Drive by the Bicentennial Mall, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, and Music Row where the historic Studio B is located. Take a self-guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, known as the Mother Church of Country Music. Complete your experience with entry to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Engage with the music as you make your way through this 37-million dollar interactive musical experience and a tribute to Nashville's country music.

Nashville: Sightseeing Flex Pass

9. Nashville: Sightseeing Flex Pass

The Sightseeing Flex Pass is the easiest way to see the best of Nashville and enjoy big savings. Select 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions, and take advantage of free admission to the experiences that interest you the most. Save up to 50% on visitation costs, with over 20 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from.   Indulge in classic American cuisine, taste the perfectly aged Tennessee-style whiskey, and dance to the pulse of the Music City. Celebrate centuries of music, food, and culture. Access historical monuments, explore fascinating museums, and discover the city through immersive tours.   Attractions and Tours:   Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum Gray Line Music City Bus Tour Belle Meade Mansion Tour Lotz House Tour and Cellar Tour iRide Nashville - Music City Snapshot Segway Tour Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Madame Tussauds Nashville Belle Meade Guided Segway Tour The Escape Game - 3rd Avenue North, Iris Drive & Opry Mills Drive Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Hatch Show Print Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Studio B Combo ticket Ryman Auditorium - Self Guided Tour Scavenger Hunts - Nashville Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/nashville/flex-pass/attraction-list/ota

Nashville: Sightseeing Day Pass

10. Nashville: Sightseeing Day Pass

Discover Nashville with the Sightseeing Day Pass, and enjoy access to over 20 destinations, museums, and tours. Tailor your pass to fit your itinerary, with 1, 2, 3 or 4-day options. Benefit from full admission to the attractions that interest you most, and no fixed start date.  Get a glimpse of the past at the Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum or the Andrew Jackson Hermitage. Grab a selfie in front of local landmarks along the iRide Music City Snapshot Segway Tour. Celebrate local food and music culture, as you save up to 50% on visitation costs.   Attractions and Tours:   Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum Gray Line Music City Bus Tour Belle Meade Mansion Tour Lotz House Tour and Cellar Tour iRide Nashville - Music City Snapshot Segway Tour African American History Tour Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Madame Tussauds Nashville Belle Meade Guided Segway Tour The Escape Game at 3rd Avenue North, Iris Drive & Opry Mills Drive Ryman Auditorium Self Guided Tour Scavenger Hunts - Nashville Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Hatch Show Print

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What people are saying about Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,126 reviews

interesting information provided about Nashville locations as well as general history of the area. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and a great singer and providing continual entertainment.

Such a great Nashville experience! The RCA studio tour was so interesting and lots of fun learning about all the artists etc that have been there.

Excellent, comprehensive, informative audio tour, well worth the expenditure.

Best way to see downtown Nashville in a short amount of time!

All the guides were knowledgeable and entertaining