Images of Centennial Park in the Twentieth Century
May 28 - October 26, 2016
The Parthenon Museum is pleased to open an exhibition of 20th-century images of Centennial Park. Postcards from the Ridley Wills II Collection anchor the show with pastoral scenes from the early 1900s through a late twentieth-century image of the Parthenon’s west end framed against the skyscrapers of the city. Also included in the exhibit are excerpts from WNPT’s documentary, Nashville Memories and large-format images of people enjoying the park through the years.
When the park opened in 1904, it was one of the last trolley stops on the line that ran along West End Avenue. Today it stands as a popular respite within an expanding mid-town urban cityscape. The Parthenon remains a prominent landmark in postcards that document the many alterations to gardens, paths, and lakes made to accommodate the changing needs of a vibrant, growing city.
The exhibit will remain on view through October 26.
The Parthenon is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Admission to the Parthenon is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 62 and over; and $4 for children 4-17. Children under 4 and Members are admitted free. Admission includes access to all exhibitions and the Parthenon’s upper level, graced by the colossal statue of the goddess Athena. The Parthenon joins over 2000 museums nationwide as a BLUE STAR MUSEUM. Memorial Day thru Labor Day, all active-duty military (with ID) and their party receive free admission to the Parthenon.
Members of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, which supports the exhibitions and programming of the Parthenon, enjoy unlimited free access to the Parthenon. They also receive invitations to lectures, receptions, and other special events. Additional benefits include discounts at the museum store and free guest passes. To learn more about the Conservancy, please visit www.conservancyonline.com
ABOUT THE PARTHENON
The Parthenon, owned and operated by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Parks and Recreation Department, is the city of Nashville’s oldest art museum. Opened as a museum in 1931, its galleries are home to the distinguished Cowan Collection of American Art and feature several temporary exhibitions annually. The galleries are housed on the lower level of the Parthenon, the world’s only full-scale replica of the fifth-century BCE temple in Athens, Greece. Beloved symbol of civic pride to Nashvillians since its original manifestation as the art building for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, it welcomes hundreds of thousands of Nashvillians and visitors to the city every year. To learn more about the Parthenon, please visit www.parthenon.org You can find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/theparthenoninnashville (The Parthenon in Nashville)
THE METRO BOARD OF PARKS AND RECREATION
The Metro Board of Parks and Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, or disability in admission, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. For TTY 4 (relay service), call 1-800-849-0299. For questions, concerns, or requests regarding the American Disabilities Act call 862-8400.