"I for one am excited to show you around this home of ours, a true country music showplace. I'll see you backstage."
- BLAKE SHELTON
OPRY HOUSE 40TH ANNIVERSARY
2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry House, the Opry’s permanent home. The anniversary celebration continues throughout the year with special events as well as a 40th Anniversary backstage exhibit as a regular stop on Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Tours.
Included in the exhibit are mementos from the Opry’s opening night at the Opry House including a yo-yo President Richard Nixon attempted to learn to use on stage with guidance from his “instructor,” Opry legend Roy Acuff. The piano on which President Nixon played “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Happy Birthday,” and “God Bless America” that night is also on display during this anniversary year in the Opry House’s “Stars And Stripes” dressing room.