Highlighting must see Attractions
Nashville Zoo offers many animal species including cheetah, zebra, ostrich, gibbons, hyacinth macaw and more. In addition, the Zoo offers the Jungle Gym, the country's largest community-built playground, the Grassmere Historic Farm, the beautiful Unseen New World exhibit, exciting animal shows, educational programs and much more.
The Botanical Garden includes specialty gardens throughout the property, greenhouses, and landscaped vistas. Cheekwood's gardens change throughout the year and are lovely in every season. In Botanic Hall, the Botanic Library is a useful reference center for garden scholars and enthusiasts.
The Museum of Art is located in the former Cheek mansion. Built of limestone quarried from the property, The Museum is a fine example of Georgian-style architecture. The Museum of Art recently reopened after extensive renovation and hosts four major exhibitions yearly.
Historic RCA Studio Bonce a recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothersis both a classroom for Nashville-area students and a popular cultural attraction.
Following the Mike Curb Family Foundation's philanthropic 2002 purchase and subsequent lease in perpetuity to the non-profit Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, the storied studio's exterior has been renovated and the interior has been returned to its '70s era prime as an analog "temple of sound."
Built by Dan Maddox in 1957, RCA Studio B first became known as one of the cradles of the "Nashville Sound" in the 1960s. A sophisticated style characterized by background vocals and strings, the Nashville Sound both revived the popularity of country music and helped establish Nashville as an international recording center.
Hitmakers in Studio B have included Arnold, Jennings, Bobby Bare, Parton, Reeves, Willie Nelson, and Floyd Cramer, among others. For many years, Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Chet Atkins managed RCA's Nashville operation and produced hundreds of hits in Studio B
An entity unto itself. A phenomenon that has lasted through generations. And one that continues today. With almost 75 years under its belt, the Grand Ole Opry, the world's longest running live radio program, shows no signs of slowing. Millions of Americans have been entertained through live radio and television with the best country music has to offer.
NBC Radio carried the Opry for the first time in 1939. Its sponsor was Prince Albert cigars and the featured artists were Uncle Dave Macon, Roy Acuff, Little Rachel, the Weaver Brothers and Elviry, and the Solemn Old Judge. Through the years, hundreds of artists have entertained as Opry cast members. With cast members that include new stars, superstars and legends, the Opry is poised to take country music into the new millenium.
The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson is operated by the Ladies' Hermitage Association, a private non-profit organization founded in 1889, that holds the property in trust for the State of Tennessee. The Ladies' Hermitage Association Board of Directors is a voluntary board that operates the site through an Executive Director who oversees the property and the staff.
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.
Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon, dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.
The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.
The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation with more than 60,000 square feet of permanent exhibits and a 10,000 square foot changing exhibition hall. The museum's interpretive exhibits begin 15,000 years ago and continue through the early 1900s interpreting Tennessee's history during the Prehistoric, Frontier, Age of Jackson, Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods. These sections include special displays of furniture, silver, weapons, quilts, and paintings produced by Tennesseans. There are reproductions of an early 19th century grist mill and authentic settings of an 18th century print shop, frontier cabin, Antebellum parlor, and Victorian painting gallery.