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Are you looking for something fun, interesting, and interactive to do with your kids during your trip to Nashville, Tennessee? Do you want to do something that is not crowded and won’t take up a ton of time? Then you have to take a tour of Hatch Show Print! This company is historic, artistic, and an essential piece of Nashville’s musical scene. Keep reading to find out more!
What is Hatch Show Print?
Hatch Show Print is a printing company in Nashville, Tennessee. While it specializes in printing posters for concerts, this company can, and has, made posters for a wide variety of clients and events.
Over the years, they have made posters for politicians, church revivals, and business advertisements. Their biggest client is the Ryman Auditorium. They produce posters for about 90% of the concerts that take place at the Ryman.
The History of the Company
Hatch Show Print was first opened in 1879 in Nashville by Charles and Herbert Hatch. These two brothers grew up in their father’s print shop learning the art of letterpress printing.
Their first job was a handbill advertising an appearance by Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriett Beecher Stowe. The shop quickly became the go-to place for advertising posters for upcoming events in Nashville.
In 1925, the shop moved to a location directly behind the Ryman Auditorium. This location gave birth to the shop’s longtime relationship with country music. From the 1920’s until the 1950’s, the shop also made many posters for other musical artists, including Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
Hatch also did print jobs for other businesses, including grocery stores, movie theaters, and gas stations. These smaller jobs helped the shop stay open during the slow times.
In 1992, the Country Music Hall of Fame took over ownership of the shop.
While the shop has adapted throughout the years, it has stayed true to its roots. They still use original Gutenberg printing presses like they did when the shop first opened over 100 years ago.
Even today, the shop only prints 500-700 jobs per year. Each one is designed, created, and produced by one artist from start to finish.
What to Expect on Your Tour of Hatch Show Print
The best way to get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of Hatch Show Print is by taking a tour of their studio.
The tour is an hour long. The groups are limited to no more than 15-20 people, so you really get a personal experience.
The tour start in a classroom at Hatch Show Print. Here, you will learn about the history of the company and how letterpress printing is done. You also get the chance to see many of the posters made here over the course of the last 100+ years.
After your lesson comes the interactive part of the tour! You get to make your own souvenir poster!
The last part of the tour involves going outside the studio to a wall of large windows. Here, you can see some of the older presses and the ones currently in use today. You can also see the artists at work.
Originally, I booked this tour during our trip to Nashville because I thought my husband would enjoy all of the historic music posters. I never expected to enjoy it as much as I did! I loved this tour! It was one of my favorite things to do in Nashville.
I thought it was so fascinating learning about how these posters are made. I also loved learning about how the company is still producing posters the same way as they have done since the beginning.
You can tell how much love and care goes into each poster that is printed here. And you can see the artistry at work everywhere you look!
Logistics of Taking the Tour
You can find Hatch Show Print in the same building as the Country Music Hall of Fame. It is on the first floor of the building, just down the hallway from the hall of fame.
Tours are given daily from 10 am until 4 pm. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Tickets to the Hatch Show Print tour are $22 for adults and kids 13 and older and $17 for kids age 6-12. Kids ages 5 and under are free, but you will need to pick up a ticket for them at the box office.
You can also get combination tickets for Hatch Show Print and the Country Music Hall of Fame for $49.95 for people 13 and older and $$34.95 for those age 6-12.
Lastly, you can get a combo ticket that gives you admission to Hatch Show Print tour, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a tour of the historic RCA Studio B tour for $71.95 for those age 13 and older and $56.95 for kids age 6-12.
You can get your tickets online at the Country Music Hall of Fame website.
I highly recommend taking a tour of Hatch Show Print. It is fascinating to learn about the history of this company and how intertwined it is with the history of country music and Nashville. The tour is awesome because it is informative and interactive. I promise, you will love it!
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