Located in the famous Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum is dedicated to music, of all genres. The museum through its massive space has on display, many original music instruments played by artists and memorabilia. The exhibits showcase the work of not just renowned artists but also honors the lesser-known performing artists from the different genres of music. You will get insights and facts about many instrumental and background artists who contributed significantly to some celebrated master pieces. The museum also houses an interactive display gallery, Grammy Museum Gallery which gives visitors a chance to witness and try out the creative process of recording music.
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.
Having the largest and most comprehensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the late legend, the Johnny Cash Museum is a true gem of the downtown Nashville area. The legendary country superstar and entertainer's life can be seen through the many photos, handwritten song lyrics, costumes, awards and musical instruments lovingly displayed throughout the building's raw brick and motor space. Catch his booming voice as he croons out "Folsom Prison Blues" in one of the many interactive displays. Whether you're a country music fan or not, a visit to this museum will leave you with a newfound respect for one of the music industry's greatest legends.
Loved by locals and tourists alike, this 1853 mansion was once the centerpiece of a 5,400-acre (2,185 hectares), 19th-century thoroughbred farm and nursery that back then sheltered president Andrew Jackson's thoroughbred. Awash in a stately Greek Revival style, the plantation boasts a dramatically-picturesque landscape that is dotted by many plantation remnants like a stable, the Hardings Cabin and the restored slaves quarters. Still referred to as the “Queen of Tennessee Plantations,” the present 30-acre (12-hectares) environs includes many of the original outbuildings and an antique carriage collection. The plantation has also played host to many famous guests including Presidents Grover Cleveland and General Sherman. Lending insights into the indelible plantation legacy left behind by John Harding, the Belle Meade Plantation is deeply entrenched in a long-standing lineage which has been an important part of the cultural history of America.
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.
The thrill of scientific discovery awaits you! Come explore over 150 interactive exhibits and programs for children and adults. View the heavens from the 40-foot Sudekum Planetarium. Climb seven interactive levels to the top of the Adventure Tower, and experience BodyQuest, an exciting tour through the human body. Special programs are offered for high school students on weekend nights.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a wonderful place for art lovers. The center educates visitors on art and hopes it will bring about an interest in the community on the subject. The architecture is beautiful and the interiors and decor lend the space a very upscale elite ambiance and it frequently hosts art exhibitions. At the Frist Center, there is also a fabulous gift shop, where one can purchase memorabilia and other items and an excellent cafe where one can savor some delightful dishes and sip on coffee. Admission is free for students who are 18 and below.
Before you tour the Music City, you need a game plan. That's why this handy information center inside the Bridgestone Arena should be your first stop. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you plan activities in the city and provide you with maps to help you find your way around. Unsure about a certain tourist attraction or restaurant? This facility offers brochures and pamphlets on nearly every point of interest in the metro area, and the staff will be happy to make a dining recommendation.
Centrally located, the Nashville Public Library offers the residents of the city a treasure trove of books that span genres and ages. The building of the library itself is a symbol of architectural marvel. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, this building has won a national design competition, and it gracefully blends functionality with beauty. As the main location of the network of public libraries in the city, this branch is appointed with several facilities, including an art gallery, meeting rooms, study rooms, a computer classroom, and has Wireless Internet. Besides the massive collection of books, the library also plays host to a range of cultural events, like concerts, exhibitions and much more. For more information, do see the website.
The Downtown Presbyterian Church is an extremely charming and historic church located in the city of Nashville. On entering this church one is awestruck by its amazing architecture and beauty. With beautifully colored pillars, wonderful wall designs, large dome and a massive seating area, this church is an architectural delight. The Presbyterian Church also encompasses a Fellowship Hall, A History Room, A Parlor and a Nursery within its premises. Wedding Ceremonies and Religious events are held here and it is definitely a place rich in history, making it worth a visit on a sight-seeing trip.
As its name suggests, the Music City Walk of Fame is dedicated to prominent personalities and artists who have contributed to music industry. Reba McEntire, Wynonna Judd, Steven Curtis Chapman and many other important musicians have their terrazzo star on the walk.