Ryman’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit keeps rocking

The venue’s ongoing partnership with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame brings new artifacts from Ray Charles, Brenda Lee, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and other artists.

A black and white striped dress worn by Diana Ross on display next to a "Diana Ross" concert poster.

Diana Ross last performed at the Ryman in 2019, opening the show amid flashing lights to a rendition of “I’m Coming Out.” | Photo by Catherine Powell

Ryman Auditorium’s collaborative exhibit with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is growing.

The second-floor space, which opened in fall 2022 when the venue received recognition as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, honors inductees who have performed on the Ryman’s stage over the years. Here are some of the new artifacts on display:

  • Diana Ross | Striped jumpsuit worn by The Supremes icon
  • R.E.M. | Dyna-Sonic snare drum from Bill Berry’s original drum kit
  • Ray Charles | Brown striped tuxedo
  • Brenda Lee | Blue satin dress worn during the filming of “Smokey and the Bandit II.” Fun fact: Lee’s first Nashville performance was on the Ryman stage in 1957, and she most recently appeared in 2022.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd | Navy blue 1976 tour jacket and signed Remo drumhead used during the band’s Nov. 13, 2022 performance at the Ryman.

Entry to “Rock Hall at the Ryman” is included in all daytime tour tickets, which also offers access to Johnny Cash’s tour bus “JC Unit One” for a limited time.

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