Learn About Music City's Diverse and Rich History
Belle Meade Plantation
You’ve heard of Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Funny Cide, Smarty Jones and Giacomo. Now come and see where their bloodlines began! Once a world-renowned 5,400-acre thoroughbred horse farm, Belle Meade Plantation today is a 30-acre historic site and museum. The Plantation showcases an 1853 Greek Revival Mansion and eight other historic buildings that are filled with original furnishings and period antiques. One-hour tours of the Mansion are offered daily and conducted by period costumed guides. Specific themed school group tours include Civil War at Belle Meade Plantation, Slave Life at Belle Meade Plantation, 100 Years of History, Everyday Life on the Frontier, and Everyday Life on the Plantation.
Educational opportunities abound at Cheekwood with a variety of tours conducted in the Museum of Art, featuring collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, English and American decorative arts and traveling exhibitions, the renowned Botanical Gardens and the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail with works by nationally and internationally celebrated artists. Cheekwood offers free admission for students, teachers and 1 adult per 10 students.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
A world-class art center dedicated to presenting exciting and inspiring visual art, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts hosts traveling exhibitions from the U.S. and abroad, as well as develops its own exhibitions on a diverse range of themes. The Center also features an exciting interactive gallery, Cafe, Gift Shop and an array of public programming. Admission for visitors age 18 and under is free and discounts for college students and groups are available.
The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson
Encounter, experience and explore the times, challenges and traditions that shaped our young nation at the home of America’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. All student groups will experience the Andrew Jackson orientation film, museum gallery, personalized tour of the mansion and self-guided tour of the garden and grounds at this 1,120-acre plantation. Groups can also participate in Hands-on History classes, including Archaeology at The Hermitage, I Spy the Past, and The General’s Children. Classes can be tailored to any age level.
The Parthenon is the world’s only full-scale replica of the classical era’s crowning achievement, located in Centennial Park just a few miles west of downtown Nashville. Few cities offer student groups such a visual teaching tool for igniting interest in a wide range of topics, from ancient Greek history to American painting to Nashville’s own reputation as the “Athens of the South.” Guided tours are mandatory for student groups and include the 42-foot-tall statue of Athena and the art galleries.
Check out these additional educational options:
Agricultural Museum, agmuseum.org; The Battle of Franklin Trust, Carter House & Carnton Plantation, carnton.org; Belmont Mansion, belmontmansion.com; Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park; Falcon Rest Mansion, falconrest.com; Fort Nashborough; Fort Negley; Lane Motor Museum, lanemotormuseum.org; Lotz House Civil War Museum, lotzhouse.com; Tennessee State Capitol & Museum, tnmuseum.org; Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum, travellersrestplantation.org; The Upper Room Chapel & Museum, chapel.upperroom.org;