For a complete listing of venues and events, plan your visit at the website of the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum moved into a new $37 million building in May 2001 to fulfill its mission, “to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences.”
A visit to the Parthenon at Centennial Park will explain why Nashville is known as the “Athens of the South.” This replica of the orginal Parthenon in Athens was originally built in 1897 and features a 42-foot tall statue of Athena.
(Picture from http://www.conservancyonline.com/pages/parthenon.htm)
Built in 1892, known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” and beautifully restored in 1994, the Ryman Auditorium is both an amazing historical landmark and a vibrant modern theater.
The Grand Ole Opry still broadcasts live every Saturday night as it has since 1925. Carrie Underwood is the latest artist to become a member!
“Music City” offers more than just country music! Completed in 2006, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the new home of the Nashville Symphony. Located on a full city block in downtown Nashville, this state-of-the-art concert hall features a custom built organ and a flexible seating system. The Nashville Symphony will be performing Scheherazade on April 17, 2010.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville (for you out-of-towners, Broadway is the same street as West End Ave. where the Marriott at Vanderbilt University is located, it’s simply closer to downtown). Originally built in 1933 as Nashville’s main post office, this historical landmark made of white Georgia marble and Minnesota granite was redesigned in 2001 to host Nashville’s premier cultural focal point, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Tour The Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson. Twelve miles east of downtown Nashville, the mansion and museum offers a taste of the history of Tennessee.
The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum is located at the former home of Joel Cheek, founder of the Maxwell House brand of coffee. The 55 acres of gardens and 30,000 square foot home was opened to the public in 1960 as a botanical garden and museum.
Got an extra night in Nashville? You might enjoy visiting The Big Bang Bar. Every night the show comes to life when their entertainers take a seat on stage behind two grand pianos and combine music, comedy and audience participation to create a fast-paced, high-energy show that’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The Big Bang Nashville is located in the heart of Music City, U.S.A. at 411 Broadway, directly across the street from “Honky Tonk Row” and the Ryman Auditorium.
Consider visiting the Nashville Zoo, not only for its animals, but also for its 66,000-square-foot outdoor jungle gym.