Downtown Nashville is the hub of the entertainment that defines Music City. Within mere city blocks, visitors can experience world-class art at the Frist Center for Visual Arts, enjoy Nashville’s Grammy award-winning symphony at the beautifully designed Schermerhorn Symphony Center, catch a great Broadway play at the amazing Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), and see world-class concerts and events at the Bridgestone Arena. And the history! The legendary Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum are within walking distance of one another!
Wash it all down while enjoying some of the world’s greatest live music – offered free 24/7/365 – at one of the city’s many honky-tonks that line famous Broadway, including Tootsie's, Silver Dollar Saloon, Robert’s Western World, The Stage, and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn.
Just a couple blocks from the music on Broadway is one of Nashville's most vibrant art communities located on 5th Avenue of the Arts. This is the location of several art galleries including The Arts Company, The Rymer Gallery, and Tinney Contemporary. Each one offers a unique experience and showcases multiple art exhibits throughout the year featuring both local and international artists. Each month, everyone is invited to participate in the "First Saturday Art Crawl" allowing you to see Nashville's growing art scene. Over 20 art venues participate presenting every genre of art which provides a truly artistic experience in Music City.
Art lovers, and history buffs will love exploring the Tennessee State Museum. Enjoy seeing art through the ages from the early prehistoric to presidential portraits preserved and displayed for you. Also, the museum offers more than 60,000 square feet of permanent exhibits and a 10,000 square foot changing exhibition hall. The exhibits allow guests to travel through time and witness the Prehistoric Frontier, Age of Jackson, Antebellum South, Civil War, and the Reconstruction eras at this wonderful Nashville museum.
If you’re looking for authentic Southern comfort food while taking it all in, check out Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, which offers a side of great live music in the evenings, or Jack’s BBQ for the best-tasting barbeque this side of the Mississippi. Check out Nashville’s newest hot spot, The Southern Steak & Oyster, which offers a menu “South of Somewhere,” the city’s oldest hot spot, Merchants or the city’s more elegant hot spot, The Capitol Grille inside Nashville’s five-star Hermitage Hotel. Finally, don’t miss The Stock-Yard, which has the oldest known bottle of wine in the United States.