Going to a Nashville museum gives you the opportunity to stand in awe at artifacts, memorabilia, and more left behind by everyone from ancient civilizations to people like the Nashville songstress, Patsy Cline.
In the heart of the SoBro district of Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The facility boasts a vast collection illustrating country music’s story as told through the years. An immense compilation of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, a regular menu of live performances and public programs, a museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining, and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an extraordinary museum experience.
The family-friendly Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located in downtown Nashville, is a world-class art center dedicated to presenting an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions from local, regional, national, and international sources. The Frist features educational programs, free live music on Thursday and Friday evenings, a gift shop full of gorgeous hand-crafted merchandise, and a full-service cafe -- all surrounded by gorgeous architecture. It's a great place to explore, learn, and enjoy great art!
Just take a walk down to The George Jones and get an up close and personal experience with The Possum like never before. The museum, located on the second floor, explores the complete life of the singer, from his childhood to his many accomplishments. It even has his tractor on display and ready to see! Plus, you can take a break and enjoy the view from their restaurant, on the first floor, or their rooftop patio, on the fourth floor.
The Johnny Cash Museum is dedicated to the life and music career of the late “Man in Black” and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Exhibits chronicle The Man in Black's life with stunning graphics, artifacts, and interactive technology, and include stage costumes, instruments, personal letters, artwork, and handwritten songs as well as artifacts from family members and notable friends. This amazing historic museum is walking distance from Nashville's Lower Broadway.
The Lane Motor Museum is one of the few car museums in America to specialize in European cars. Approximately 150 cars and motorcycles not typically seen in the U.S. are on display year-round.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors all musicians regardless of genre or instrument. The museum showcases the stories of various artists throughout music history, and the instruments they used to record their classic hits. In addition, the first GRAMMY Museum Gallery in the world is open inside the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, too! The gallery is set up for guests to explore the history of the GRAMMY Awards, experience what it’s like to be on the stage, and the recording process. And don't miss The Rolling Stones Exhibit, opening March 29th. It tells the story of the most influential rock band in history through more than 500 artifacts and memorabilia from the past 54 years.
Fan of the American sports car, the Corvette? Then, you need to check out the National Corvette Museum not too far from Nashville. The museum has over 70 cars on display, a service station, and a race track.
Opening in 2019, the National Museum of African American Music is set to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
Patsy Cline was part of the Nashville sound from the late 1950s to early 1960s. She was a great entertainer and best known for hits such as "Crazy" and "Walking After Midnight." Now you can explore her life thanks to The Patsy Cline Museum which holds never-before-seen artifacts.
The Tennessee Agricultural Museum has an extensive collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries all housed inside a plantation barn. Some of the cool things include textiles, woodworking collections, a blacksmith shop, and more.
The sports heritage of Tennessee is protected and honored inside the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame at Bridgestone Arena. The museum honors athletes, coaches, sportswriters, and sports administrators who have made an impact on sports in the state. Some of the inductees include Pat Summit, Reggie White, and David Scoobey.
From Tennessee's early beginnings to present day, the Tennessee State Museum tells the entire story of Tennessee's rich history including Music City. The Tennessee State Museum offers more than 60,000 square feet of permanent exhibits and a 10,000-square-foot changing exhibition hall. Travel through time and witness the Prehistoric Frontier, Age of Jackson, Antebellum South, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras at this wonderful Nashville museum. Make sure to stop by the Military Branch of the Tennessee State Museum located at War Memorial Auditorium across the street. It offers a multitude of different exhibits dealing with America's overseas conflicts, beginning with the Spanish-American War in 1898, and ending with World War II in 1945.
The Upper Room Chapel and Museum, home of the daily devotional guide, features Christian art portraying the Biblical upper room stories of The Last Supper and Pentecost. The chancel’ s life-size woodcarving of The Last Supper, identical walnut altar table, and side tapestries recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. A 9,000 \-piece stained glass window richly presents stories of Pentecost, Jesus, his followers, and heroes of faith. Permanent museum exhibits include paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and furniture from the 12th through 21st century. Featured from March to May, hand-designed Ukrainian Eggs, bronze sculptures, and paintings reflect Lenten/Easter themes. From mid-November through January are 100 international nativity scenes and paintings.