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Opry Entertainment Complex

The Opry Entertainment Complex consists of four unique entertainment venues: the Grand Ole Opry House , the Acuff Theatre , the Opry Museum , and the Opry Plaza .

Visit the Opry Entertainment Complex and you'll be treated to a grand time, no matter what the occasion. Whether you attend a Grand Ole Opry show, a live episode of USA Network's Nashville Star, a huge concert or a small party, you'll find that star treatment and southern hospitality are the norm.

If you're searching for the perfect space to create an event of your own – you've found it! Whether you need a theatre that can house thousands of guests for a concert or meeting, a unique museum space to host a small holiday soiree, or anywhere in between, you'll find it at the Opry Entertainment Complex where venue capacities range from 80 to over 4000

Welcome to the Opry

W hat began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music's rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart- toppers who have followed in their footsteps.

The Opry, an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee's number-one attraction, is world- famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages.

It's been called the “home of American music” and “country's most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Opry Complex to see the show live. Millions more tune in to Opry broadcasts on television Great American Country (GAC) and CMT Canada , the radio ( Nashville's 650 AM WSM ) and the internet ( ).

Unforgettable moments happen at the Opry every week… Moments like the night Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens scaled a kitchen ladder to invite Trace Adkins to become an Opry member.

Or the night Carrie Underwood brought down the house with her rendition of the Tammy Wynette classic, “Stand By Your Man.” . . . or the evening Vince Gill invited jazz vocalist Diana Krall to the stage for an impromptu duet.

Many of those “Opry Moments” are the result of country music's new stars, superstars and legends taking the same stage on the same night performing a wide variety of musical styles. During any given Opry show, audiences can expect the best in country, bluegrass, comedy, gospel, and more performed by Country Music Hall of Famers, Opry members who helped establish the Opry as the home of country music, revered superstars, and rising rookies just starting to make names for themselves. “The Grand Ole Opry celebrates the diversity of all the musical styles under the country music umbrella. In addition, the Opry presents the many generations of artists who have formed country music's rich legacy and continues to forge its future course,” says Opry General Manager, Pete Fisher. “The key to the Opry's longevity can be attributed to its ability to evolve with the ever-changing musical landscape of the times.”

The Opry's member roster reads like a
who's–who of country music and includes
Bill Anderson , Dierks Bentley , Garth Brooks ,
Little Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Alan
, Patty Loveless , Loretta Lynn ,
Martina McBride , Lorrie Morgan , Brad
, Dolly Parton , Jean Shepard , Ricky
, Connie Smith , Marty Stuart , Trisha
, and many more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is playing on (any given date)?

The lineup for each Grand Ole Opry show is not completely finished until just a few days before the show, so it is impossible to post the weekly schedule far in advance. But, if you will check out the Calendar of Events section, artists are posted as soon as appearances are confirmed (Artists and schedule subject to change). You may have to check back often, as most times artists' appearances are not confirmed until one to two weeks prior to the show date (or even a day before!). We receive many inquiries about who will be playing on a show anywhere from a month to six months away, and while we cannot provide that information, be assured that each and every Grand Ole Opry show will be packed with entertainment.

Are there backstage tours available at the Grand Ole Opry House?

Yes, you can learn the fascinating story of the Grand Ole Opry with a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House. You'll get a rare glimpse at what happens behind the scenes of country music's most famous show.

Note: Backstage tours are available only when the Opry House is not in use during Opry performances and other special events. Call ahead at 1-800-SEE-OPRY or (615) 871-OPRY to inquire about tour availability or stop by The Opry Shop to verify tour times and purchase tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Backstage Tours are not available November - December. Front of House Tours are available mid-November through December. Call ahead at 1-800-SEE-OPRY or (615) 871-OPRY to inquire about tour availability.

Can I bring my camera to an Opry performance?

Absolutely! We encourage visitors to take still photos at the Grand Ole Opry. For years, the Opry has invited fans to “rush the stage anytime” for photos. One of the most fun things about events such as the Opry's annual Birthday Bash is watching Opry members sign photos fans have taken at the Opry during previous visits. One rule to keep in mind is that while still photography is allowed during the Opry, video cameras are not.

What is the appropriate attire to wear to the Grand Ole Opry?

Just as the styles vary on the Opry stage so too do they vary in the seats of the Opry House. You'll see everything from faded jeans to business suits and from cowboy hats to your Sunday best. Just remember a rule we take very seriously here at the Grand Ole Opry ... you have to wear something!

Are Opry recordings or video footage available to the public to purchase?

Unfortunately, video footage of the Grand Ole Opry is not available for purchase, but you can purchase a Grand Ole Opry at Carnegie Hall DVD. The DVD commemorates the Opry's first performance in over 40 years at the renowned music hall.

How does a performer become an Opry member ?

There's no magic formula, no secret code that grants access to one of the most coveted invitations in all of music.

The decision to increase the Opry's ranks is, and always has been, made exclusively by the show's management. The people who've been entrusted with the Opry's tradition and future direction take into account all the standards of success in country music – radio airplay, album and ticket sales, industry recognition – when considering an act for membership. The Opry considers career accomplishment, as well as the potential for continued success.

But the Opry doesn't simply pass out invitations to the biggest stars with the most hits. Opry management looks for a musical and a generational balance. Opry membership requires a passion for country music's fans, a connection to the music's history. And it requires commitment – even a willingness to make significant sacrifices to uphold that commitment. Often, the Opry seeks out those who seek out the Opry, though decisions aren't based on which artists appear most on the show, either.

The decision to bring a new act into the Opry fold is a two-pronged one, based on a combination of career accomplishment and commitment. But, really, it comes down to just one word: relationships. The relationships between performers and fans. The relationships Opry members have with each other, relationships that may last for decades. And, perhaps most importantly, the relationship between each artist and the ideal of the Grand Ole Opry.

Because it's the new members that guarantee the future success of the Opry. Yesterday's bright young talents have now become legends. And today's superstars will become icons to future generations. Each new member adds another chapter to the Opry story, and their commitments, their relationships, have made the Opry endure for 80 years strong.

What can I/someone I know do to be able to perform on the Opry?

While there was a time in the past that artists would audition for a chance to perform on the Opry stage, today, the show features established professional entertainers who have achieved a level of success and recognition in the country music industry. The Grand Ole Opry now contacts performers to schedule appearances, and there is no audition process.

Can you tell me more about the “Grand Ole Opry Live” programming schedule?

"Grand Ole Opry Live" airs on GAC: Great American Country 52 weeks a year, with 6 airings each week, including Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday airings. The Opry's agreement with GAC calls for approximately 30 live shows each year with encore episodes airing during the remaining weeks of the year. Please remember, you can also enjoy the Grand Ole Opry in a variety of ways including, America's Grand Ole Opry Weekend syndicated program available on many country music stations, and of course, 650 WSM-AM .

Is the Ryman Auditorium the original home of the Grand Ole Opry?

No, but it is quite possibly its most famous former home. Since its beginnings in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has called the following venues home:
1. National Life and Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville - 1925
2. Hillsboro Theatre
3. Dixie Tabernacle in east Nashville - moved out in 1939
4. War Memorial Auditorium - 1939-1943
5. Ryman Auditorium - June 5, 1943-March 15, 1974
6. Grand Ole Opry House - 1974-Present

I would like the Grand Ole Opry to make a donation to my charity/cause. How do I make that request?

The Grand Ole Opry receives a large number of charity requests, and unfortunately, cannot contribute to everyone. To be considered, one must submit their request on company letterhead to Grand Ole Opry, Attn: Sandy Judge, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 or fax to (615) 871-5719.

Once your request is received, it will be reviewed to determine whether it fits within our contribution guidelines and budget. You will only be notified if we can grant your request.

What makes up the Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Complex?

The Opry Entertainment Complex consists of four unique entertainment venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Acuff Theatre, Grand Ole Opry Museum, and Opry Plaza.

Where can I purchase tickets to events at the Opry House and Acuff Theatre?

Unless otherwise noted on the calendar of events , tickets are available at the Opry Box Office or by calling 1-800-SEE-OPRY. is the official source for Grand Ole Opry tickets. Visit the Purchase Tickets page on for more information or to purchase Opry tickets.

Where are the Grand Ole Opry House and Acuff Theatre in relation to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and Opry Mills shopping center?

The Opry House and Acuff Theatre are part of the Opry Entertainment Complex, which sits between the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Opry Mills.

Departing from the Delta Portico at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, it is about a ten minute walk to the Opry Entertainment Complex.

Departing from Dave & Buster's or Regal Cinemas at Opry Mills, it is less than a minute walk to the Opry Entertainment Complex ... just across the street!

Where do I find directions and parking information?

Click here for directions and parking instructions.

When is the Opry Box Office open?

Monday - 10am-5pm
Tuesday - 10am-7:30pm
Wednesday - 10am-5pm
Thursday - 10am-5pm
Friday - 10am-8:30pm
Saturday - 10am-10pm
Sunday - Closed, unless there is a show scheduled.

Winter Hours (January-February):
Monday-Thursday - 10am-5pm
Friday - 10am-8pm
Saturday - 10am-9:30pm
Sunday - Closed, unless there is a show scheduled.

The Opry Box Office will remain open later on nights when there are ticketed events scheduled.

When is The Opry Shop open?

Monday - 10am-6pm
Tuesday - 10am-9:30pm
Wednesday - 10am-6pm
Thursday - 10am-6pm
Friday - 10am-10:30pm
Saturday - 10am-12:30am
Sunday - 10am-5pm

Winter Hours (January-February):
Monday-Saturday - 10am-5pm
Sunday - 12/Noon-5pm

Please note that occasionally Opry Shop hours will fluctuate based on special events scheduled in the Opry House. Feel free to call Opry Customer Service at 1-800-SEE-OPRY to confirm hours for a specific date.

When is the Opry Museum open?

Monday - 10am-6pm
Tuesday - 10am-7:30pm
Wednesday - 10am-6pm
Thursday - 10am-6pm
Friday - 10am-8:30pm
Saturday - 10am-10pm
Sunday - 12/Noon-5pm

The Opry Museum is closed November-February. The Opry Museum closes occasionally for private events. Please call Opry Customer Service at 1-800-SEE-OPRY before scheduling a special trip.

What is the dress code for shows at the Opry House and Acuff Theatre?

There is no specific dress code. Of course some events warrant more formal attire, but in general you will see people wearing everything from blue jeans to suits to evening wear.

See also - What is the appropriate attire to wear to the Grand Ole Opry?

What restaurants and hotels are in the area?

For a listing of neighboring restaurants, see our Let's Eat page and for a list of hotels, visit or Attractions & Accomodations page in our Trip Planner section.

Who do I contact if I am interested in planning an event at the Opry House or the Acuff Theatre?

You may call (615) 871-6612 or send an email to

What facilities do you have to accommodate people with disabilities or special needs?

The Opry Entertainment Complex is committed to providing superior service to all guests and takes reasonable measures to accommodate guests with disabilities. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-SEE-OPRY for additional information and for special requests.

I think I left my cell phone at the show last night. How can I check to see if someone found it?

Anything found at the Opry Entertainment Complex will be turned into the central Opryland lost and found office. You can call (615) 889-1000 and ask to be transferred to the Lost and Found Office.

Can I take pictures during shows at the Opry Entertainment Complex?

The policy regarding photography varies from show to show. Please contact Customer Service at 1-800-SEE-OPRY to check the policy for a specific show.

See also - Can I bring my camera to an Opry performance?

Can I bring my own food and drink?

The Opry Entertainment Complex does not allow guests to bring any outside food or beverages. Concession areas throughout the complex sell a wide variety of food and beverages, including full bars for most events.

What time should I arrive for an event at the Opry House or the Acuff Theatre?

Theatre doors open at different times for different events. Generally, though, seating will begin 30-60 minutes prior to the performance start time. Please call Customer Service at 1-800-SEE-OPRY to confirm for specific show details.