Opry House Safety and Security

We are committed to fostering an environment where artists, guests, and employees feel safe and secure. The Grand Ole Opry House and our sister property, the Ryman Auditorium, use entrance screening procedures similar to the security standards at many larger venues, arenas, and stadiums across the country. These measures include walkthrough metal detectors, handheld metal-detecting wands, and enhanced bag checks. Security screening provides minimal guest disruption, but we encourage those coming for a daytime tour or evening show to allow extra time for screening.

Guests will be asked to remove certain metal items from their pockets before entering the walkthrough metal detectors. Individuals who are unable to use the walkthrough detectors will have the option to be screened with a handheld metal detecting wand. Weapons are not permitted inside either facility.

Many frequently asked questions are below for your convenience.

No firearms (with or without a permit) are allowed at the Grand Ole Opry. All persons, bags (including purses) and articles are subject to screening and search. Tennessee law allows property owners to prohibit any individual, including those with a concealed carry permit from Tennessee or from any other state, from bringing a firearm onto their property.

Off-Duty Law Enforcement Officer Request for Authorization
Off-Duty Law Enforcement Officers must file a written request to bring a firearm onto a Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. venue at least 72 hours prior to the event using the following form.

Authorization to Carry

This list subject to change at any time and without notice.
Venue Management reserves the right to deny any item it deems to be a safety hazard or distraction for guests.

  • Guns and Other Weapons (with or without a permit)
  • Knives
  • Pepper Spray/Mace
  • Oversized Bags
  • Outside Food and Beverage
  • Cans
  • Bottles
  • Alcohol and Drugs (except those prescribed to the individual)
  • Laser Pens
  • Markers
  • Spray Paint
  • Masks (and Face Paint)
  • Laptops and Tablets
  • Musical Instruments (with the exception of usage during Make a Record)
  • Noise Making Devices
  • Video Cameras
  • Audio Recording Devices (unless special permission is granted and/or “taper” tickets are offered to the ticket buyer)
  • Monopods, Tripods
  • Selfie Sticks and Cameras with Telephoto or Zoom Lenses
  • Segways
  • Smoking
    Tennessee state law prohibits smoking at the Grand Ole Opry House and federal law prohibits ignition of an open flame in a National Historic Landmark.


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