Music City Attractions
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President
Encounter, experience and explore the times, challenges and traditions that shaped our young nation at the home of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. See the Hermitage mansion, the First Hermitage, gardens and museums of this 1120-acre plantation.
Antique Archaeology Nashville
Antique Archaeology, made famous on the hit TV show, American Pickers, has opened in Music City, located just a few blocks away from downtown Nashville. Here you will find your favorite Antique Archaeology gear, including their latest Nashville-exclusive designs, plus new picks that you may have seen on the show. Tune up your guitar and stay a while!
Belle Meade Plantation
No trip to Nashville is complete without a tour of Belle Meade Plantation, made famous by its reputation as a thoroughbred horse farm known for breeding and training championship horses. Today, visitors can explore the remaining 34 acres which feature a winery, visitor’s center, gift shop, cabins, dairy, carriage house and stable.
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
This 55-acre botanical garden and art museum, located on the historic Cheek estate, boasts nationally recognized collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, a botanical garden named in the top 10 by Southern Living magazine and year-round family-friendly activities.
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is often called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection of country music artifacts, recordings, photographs and videos. Located in downtown Nashville, this facility unveiled a $100-million expansion in April 2014, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views. The expansion includes the 800-seat CMA Theater; the Taylor Swift Education Center; an interactive, hands-on immersion into contemporary country music with the ACM Gallery and the Fred and Dinah Gretsch Family Gallery; the legendary letterpress operation of Hatch Show Print (expanded and relocated inside the museum); and multi-purpose event rental spaces already in high demand.
Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, the Fontanel Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the life of country music by providing a truly hands-on interactive experience. The 27,000-square-foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell is open daily for guided tours. Guests are invited to explore the trails, dine at Café Fontanella and enjoy the Natchez Hills Winery Tasting Room.
Frist Art Museum
The Frist Art Museum offers an impressive array of rotating art exhibitions along with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Every 6-8 weeks, new exhibits are installed, which has helped the Frist play a pivotal role in Nashville's ever-expanding visual arts scene. Frist Art Museum is family-friendly, and Martin ArtQuest, a colorful and interactive space within the museum, is a favorite for adults and children alike.
The Gallery of Iconic Guitars (The GIG) at Belmont
With over 100 prized instruments on display, The Gallery of Iconic Guitars (The GIG) at Belmont is designed to celebrate some of the most rare and iconic guitars and stringed instruments ever known. The GIG offers an intimate experience for guitar enthusiasts to view the instruments up-close, as well as provide historical information on each.
The General Jackson, the world’s grandest showboat, cruises year-round on Nashville’s scenic Cumberland River. The midday cruise offers a delicious lunch, which features lively music and an uproarious comedy show along with the scenic beauty of the river. The evening cruise offers a three-course dinner, country music production show and the ambiance of the Cumberland at night.
The George Jones
Spanning more than 44,000 square feet, The George Jones opened April 2015 and gives fans a chance to get a never-before-seen look into the life and career of the musical icon. The world-class museum features displays of memorabilia and photos, video displays and interactive experiences, and a 40-seat rocking chair theatre that shows clips from Jones’s television broadcasts, concert appearances, and interviews. A gift shop and Choices Restaurant and Bar can be found on the first floor, and a museum showcasing the country music legend on the second floor. The third-floor offers an event space and a rooftop bar that overlooks the Cumberland River. Under new management since late 2016, the building was recently renovated, including an expanded rooftop bar, and reconfigured first floor.
Grand Ole Opry
Nothing says “Nashville” like a night at the Grand Ole Opry. What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today an entertainment phenomenon showcasing a mix of country music legends and new stars all on one stage. Go behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous on an Opry Backstage Tour and walk in the footsteps of country legends and today’s hottest acts.
Hatch Show Print
Hatch Show Print is the iconic letterpress print shop owned and operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. One of the oldest letterpress poster shops in America, Hatch operates today using the same techniques of the 1800s. Daily tours allow guests to see more than 10,000 wooden typefaces used to create the renowned posters. Hatch became famous by printing the images of country music stars when they performed on the Opry. Today, their clientele has grown to include Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, CNN, Anthropologie, Nike, B.B. King, and more. The new Hatch Show Print location in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum includes: the Hatch Show Print Production Shop with an 80-foot glass wall (allowing passersby to watch posters roll off the presses), the expanded 1,400-square-foot Hatch Show Print Store, Hatch Show Print's Haley Gallery, a 1,200-square-foot art gallery, which sells re-strikes of historical prints made using wood blocks from the Hatch archive, and the Hatch Show Print Space for Design, a classroom and workshop area that allows participants to learn more through demonstrations, hands-on printing, and in-depth programs.
Historic RCA Studio B
This legendary studio provides a glimpse into Nashville music-making during one of its most exciting periods. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “He’ll Have to Go,” “All I Have to Do is Dream,” and “I Will Always Love You” are just a few hits that were recorded here. Tours depart daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and are available in conjunction with Museum admission.
Imagine Recordings offers an interactive, unique 70-90 minute session where guests can experience the art of making a song, the science of recording a song, and hearing a new song for the first time. Imagine Recordings is led by Steve Fishell, a Grammy-winning music producer.
Johnny Cash Museum
Dedicated to the life and music career of the ‘Man in Black’, the museum opened May 2013 and features the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. The 18,000 square feet of memorabilia, interactive exhibits and a 250-seat auditorium, combined with never before seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes and instruments takes the visitor on a three dimensional journey through Johnny Cash’s life.
Lane Motor Museum
Discover the largest European collection in the United States, featuring 150 rare and unique cars and motorcycles from around the world. Visitors will discover oddities like propeller-driven vehicles, microcars, amphibious vehicles, one-of-a-kind prototypes, military vehicles, competition cars and more. Lane Motor Museum is a working museum with a goal to maintain all vehicles in running order.
Opened in April 2017, Madame Tussauds Nashville treats guests to immersive iconic scenes and musical performances that are unique to this interactive wax attraction. Wax figures at the Nashville location include Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, Jimi Hendrix, Little Jimmy Dickens, and more.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum and The GRAMMY Museum Gallery®
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is the new home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music, with emphasis on 1960s and 1970s popular music. The first floor houses the museum exhibit space and Hall of Fame inductees. From Hank Williams Sr. to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motown to Southern Rock – there is truly something of interest to everyone. The exhibit space is divided into cities that have a history of recorded music (such as Detroit, Memphis, Nashville etc.); each exhibit includes the very instruments that these musicians used to record many of their great hits.
The GRAMMY Museum Gallery® at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive facility for Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum visitors. The permanent exhibit allows guests to explore the history of the GRAMMY Awards®, and gives all ages the opportunity to be onstage and interact with every aspect of the recording process. Visitors can play electric drums, keyboard, bass, and guitar, or sing along with Ray Charles and the Raelettes. Exhibits for songwriting, engineering, and producing allow Gallery attendees to get in the booth and see for themselves what it takes to cut a record. There are also interactive exhibits for singing, recording, and DJing, and a recording studio and rehearsal room for those who want the full recording experience.
National Museum of African American Music
Currently under development, the museum stands as an international iconic cultural building dedicated to the vast contributions African Americans have made in music. As the only museum in the nation with a dedicated focus on all dimensions of the contributions African Americans have made to American music, NMAAM will encompass musical distinctions that reinforce the impact of African Americans across the country and around the world. Opening in 2019.
Tennessee’s largest outlet, value-retail shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Mills Means More and you’ll find something for everyone with more stores, more savings, more brands and more fun. Featuring Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, entertainment venues such as the Aquarium Restaurant, Rainforest Café, Regal IMAX and Dave & Buster’s.
The world’s only full-scale replica of the famous Greek temple, Nashville’s Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the city’s art museum and Athena Pathenos, which at almost 42 feet in height, is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
Patsy Cline Museum
Located above the Johnny Cash Museum on the second floor at 119 Third Avenue South, the Patsy Cline Museum opened in April 2017. Guests travel back to her humble beginnings in Winchester, VA and see family photos, possessions and even the very booth she waitressed as a teenager at Gaunt's Drugstore. Never-before-seen costumes that exhibit her transition from western cowgirl to torch singing headliner are also on display. Many of the costumes exhibited are creations designed and sewn by her mother, Hilda. Patrons have the unique opportunity to step inside Patsy's famed Rec Room, an exhibition containing original furnishings owned and used by Cline and her husband Charlie Dick. A bio film also documents Patsy's career and is hosted by noted actress Beverly D’Angelo, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Built in 1892, the Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and Pollstar’s Theatre of the Year. It is most famous for being the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. See genuine artifacts from those early Opry years and have your picture taken on the stage graced by legends from Houdini and Hank Williams to Keith Urban and Kings of Leon. Backstage tours also available.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, located in Nashville's SoBro neighborhood, is home to the Grammy award-winning Nashville Symphony. The Center was named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, who led the Nashville Symphony for 22 years.
Tennessee State Museum and State Capitol
Guided tours are available Monday-Friday of the Tennessee State Capitol - one of the oldest-operating capitols in the country. Permanent exhibits in the Museum begin with the prehistoric period and continue through the early 1900s. The Military Museum explores America’s overseas conflicts from the Spanish-American War through World War II. In 2018, the State Museum will open in a new 137,000-square foot facility located on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall.
*Currently closed and re-opening at a new location in 2018.
Music City Walk of Fame Park
Located along the Music Mile, which connects downtown to Music Row, this park honors the men and women who write, perform, promote and produce the Nashville sound around the world. Recent inductees include Steve Winwood, Peter Frampton and the Kings of Leon.
Adventure Science Center
It’s an amazing, original scientific adventure! Travel to the outer reaches of the galaxy in the Sudekum Planetarium and Space Chase wing. In BodyQuest, explore the systems of the human body, and then climb the seven levels of the Adventure Tower to discover the many roles science plays in everyday life.
Adventures for individuals, families, and groups of all types! Adventureworks is a nationally recognized leader in experience-based team building and outdoor recreational adventure. Experience the thrilling zipline tour nestled in 40 acres of old-growth forest. Take in all of nature’s beauty from many different vantage points! Explore aerial trekking: figure out how to navigate the obstacle course, high in the trees, full of nets, ropes, and broken bridges. If you want even more adventure, climb 30 feet to take the quantum leap, or pull your rip cord and swing out 60 feet on the giant swing!
The park features Kowabunga Beach, a four-story water treehouse and sprayground, plus a huge wavepool, lazy river, nine waterslides, three pools, a beach, lake cruises, kayaks, the Giant Bucket of Fun and much more! Treetop Adventure Park includes zip lines, cargo nets, suspended bridges, ladders and Tarzan jumps! The park offers lodging facilities including lake-view cabins, tent camping and RV sites. New in 2018 is the Aqua Park, an interactive playground located on Percy Priest Lake, featuring 40 interconnected water elements.
At the Nashville Zoo, discover clouded leopards and red pandas along Bamboo Trail, see giraffes wandering through African savannahs, gibbons, two-toed sloths, and more. In 2017, the Zoo welcomed their fifth Masai Giraffe. Open 7 days a week, the Zoo offers animal shows and encounters, guided tours, and several in-zoo attractions.
Arrington Vineyard and Winery
Arrington Vineyards is Tennessee’s premier winery. Located only 30 minutes south of Nashville, Arrington Vineyards offers 12 outstanding wines for tasting and breathtaking views.
Home of the New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South, Carnton was a field hospital after the 1864 Battle of Franklin. Eighteen months later, Carrie and John McGavock established a cemetery as a final resting place for 1,491 Confederate soldiers. Located 1.25 miles from The Carter House, both are open daily for tours.
The Carter House
The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, was the site of one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864. Capt. Tod Carter, who grew up in the house, was involved in the battle and mortally wounded. The site serves as a memorial to the Carter family and countless heroes of the battle. One of the outbuildings riveted with more than 1,000 bullet holes is still visible today. The Visitor’s Center includes a video presentation, military museum and museum store.
Discover Tennessee’s largest show cave and U.S. Natural Landmark. Open year-round, seven days a week, with daily scenic walking tours, daytime adventure trips, and overnight spelunking with camping in the cave. Cumberland Caverns is also the home of Bluegrass Underground, the award-winning PBS concert series.
Jack Daniel Distillery
The Jack Daniel Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and among the most prestigious listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors receive personally-guided tours of the distillery and observe the famous whiskey-making process Mr. Jack Daniel perfected back in 1866.
National Corvette Museum
Gateway to all things Corvette, with interactive exhibits, driving simulators, store, café, conference center, unique car displays and Corvette raffles.
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