Learn About Music City's Diverse and Rich History
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp contacts:
Laurel Bennett, Director of Tourism Sales
615-259-4790 / Laurel@visitmusiccity.com
Amy Spear, Senior Tourism Sales Manager
615-259-4716 / Amy@visitmusiccity.com
LouAnna Smith, Tourism Sales Manager
615-259-4758 / LouAnna@visitmusiccity.com
Mary Rowe, Sales Coordinator
615-259-4780 / Mary@visitmusiccity.com
Nashville was the only US city to hit Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities in the Best in Travel 2016 Collection.
Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center boasts over 175 exciting, hands-on science exhibits and offers award-winning STEM labs and classes taught by an expert staff of educators. Travel inside the human body, discover the magic of light and sound in the adventure tower, and explore the solar system through state-of-the-art, full-dome shows with surround sound at ASC’s Sudekum Planetarium.
Extreme Deep: Into the Abyss, Sept. 24, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017, exhibition on the science and wonders of deep sea exploration
Natural Selection: (NEW addition to the summer lineup of planetarium shows) showing daily, full-dome feature that allows you to sail with Darwin on his historic voyage and learn about evolution
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. 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.
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Cheekwood offers a unique blend of world-class art, beautiful gardens and fascinating history, all in one place. Students and other groups can find something to fit everyone’s interest, whether it’s exploring 55 acres of diverse gardens, taking in the latest art exhibition or learning more about the founding Cheek family who built what has become one of the premier examples of an American Country Place Era Estate.
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 and cafe. Admission for visitors ages 18 and under is free.
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. 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. Groups can also participate in hands-on history classes, including Archaeology at The Hermitage, I Spy the Past, and The General’s Children.
The Parthenon is the world’s only full-scale replica of the classical era’s crowning achievement, located in Centennial Park. 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 paintings to Nashville’s own reputation as the “Athens of the South.” Guided tours are available 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
Experience Nashville Tours, experiencenashvilletours.com
Explore Crawls, explorecrawls.com
Franklin on Foot, franklinonfoot.com
Historic Tours of Nashville, historictoursofnashville.com
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, upperroom.org