The oldest print shop in America opened in 1879. For decades, Hatch Show Print was the leading poster printer for circuses, vaudeville shows and sporting events. Today, it is located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is best known for creating images of Grand Ole Opry stars, thousands of which line the shop's walls. Modern-day artists employ the same techniques that have been used since the 15th century, including printing works on site.
It is fitting that the "Athens of the South" is home to the world's only full-size replica of the ancient Parthenon. Forty-six Doric columns encircle the building. The largest bronze doors in the world, weighing 7.5 tons each, stand at the East and West entrances. Featured is Athena Parthenos, the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. Sculptures and friezes are modeled from Elgin Marbles at the British Museum in London. There are also four art galleries. While the prices are reasonable, you can avail discounts for groups of ten or more with a reservation.
A striking glimpse into America's antebellum eon, the Hermitage tells tales of the life of the country's seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Built in 1835, this historic edifice is a confluence of culture and long-standing history. While living at the Hermitage, Jackson ran a general store, tavern and thoroughbred horse racing tracks nearby, which eventually inspired him to cease his work on the Supreme Court and focus on the Hermitage and its nearby enterprises. This classic Greek Revival mansion retains Jackson's original architecture and furnishings. Permeated with the sounds of a biographical film and museum exhibits, the site of the mansion preserves the original 1804 slave cabins, Jackson's tomb, Tulip Grove Mansion, Old Hermitage Church, and Tennessee Confederate Soldier Cemetery. The estate grounds also shelter a delightful plantation. An integral chapter in the course of American history, the Hermitage greatly immortalizes the 'People's President'.
This 200-acre walk-through zoological park is home to the rare and beautiful. You'll encounter cougars, black bears, Bengal tigers, zebras, cheetahs and playful river otters. Kids can even go a bit wild on the Jungle Gym playground. The Croft Center, named for the sisters who left the estate to Grassmere, houses the Unseen New World exhibit and a variety of reptiles. There is also a working farm exhibit and a petting zoo.
Perched atop a prominent hill, this magnificent whitewashed building presides over downtown Nashville's skyline with indubitable grace and finesse. Constructed between 1845 to 1859 by well-renowned architect William Strickland, the structure's design is a stunning specimen of exquisite Greek-Revival architecture. What makes the building really unique is the fact that it is one of only ten capitol buildings to not feature a dome. The building's neoclassical facade is perhaps one of its most salient features that effortlessly captivates onlookers with its assemblage of elegant Corinthian stanchions and pronounced neoclassical rooftop. The facade's beauty is enhanced quite drastically at night when its sharp edges are highlighted by a series of ambient lights. Its interiors are equally as impressive, with the governor's house chamber being the building's centerpiece.
The thrill of scientific discovery awaits you at Adventure Science Center. This fascinating museum explores hundreds of interactive exhibits and programs for children and adults. View the heavens from the 63-foot (19.3 meters) dome of Sudekum Planetarium. Climb the interactive levels to the top of the Adventure Tower, and experience BodyQuest, an exciting tour through the human body. Defy gravity on a unique adventure at the Max Flight Motion Simulator. Special programs are offered for high school students on weekend nights.
When you are looking for a little more than your average tour of the Music City, climb aboard the funniest bus in town. The Jugg Sisters are your hostesses and they will have you laughing and singing all afternoon. As you visit all the major attractions in the city, you will hear the satirical and very risqué commentary of the sisters while riding in comfort on their tacky pink bus. NashTrash Tours is not a very sophisticated ride, as alcohol is allowed to be consumed on the bus, so you might be best to leave the kids at home. If you don't mind the overall "hillbilly" theme, you're sure to have a grand time.
Music fans can book Nashville on Stage, a popular concert tour that features top acts in the area's best performance halls. History buffs may opt for a ride on the General Jackson Showboat or spend the day touring the Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson. Whatever your interests, Johnny Walker Tours have got a tour for you. Extended vacations, including hotel accommodations and deluxe motor coach, may also be arranged for your charter group. Call or visit web site details.
This community center for music is heaven-sent for children and adults alike. Learn how to sing or play an instrument for nominal fees (normally less than one dollar). The center also holds concerts and performances.
Known as one of the top studios in Nashville, the Historic RCA Studio B is where some of the music industry's greatest hits were recorded. With over 35,000 songs recorded here, not to mention over 1,000 of those being top American hits, this Music Row attraction is a bona fide Nashville landmark. Daily tours allow guests to get a firsthand look where the music, stories and the magic were made. Close your eyes and you can almost hear Elvis with his Southern accent or Dolly Parton belting out Jolene.
The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a beautiful observatory located in Brentwood. This fantastic observatory is a great place to get your kids along, so that they can learn more about Space and Astronomy. This place is sure to interest them in taking up Science and Engineering later on in their careers. The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory also features a well-equipped Library and a Computer Center where students can learn about telescopes and Space Exploration. Also used as a Venue, some famous artists including the likes of Marshall Chapman, Jeff Hanna, Chuck Cannon and Judy Collins have performed here.