The Parthenon at Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee, is a full-scale replica of the original Greek Parthenon and a classic art museum. Constructed in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the landmark has held cultural significance since. The structure includes a 42-foot gilded sculpture of Athena and a permanent exhibition of American paintings from the Cowan Collection along with temporary exhibitions.

The entrance to the museum is on the west side of the structure at ground level within the monument. While most of the museum is wheelchair accessible, access to certain spaces may be limited due to the age and historic nature of the building.

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What are the highlights of the Parthenon at Centennial Park in Nashville?

While the statue of Athena is an exact Athens copy and the centrepiece of the museum, there are several other eye-catching exhibits at the Parthenon at Centennial Park. In the Treasury Room, there are more detailed replicas of Athens originals such as the plaster Parthenon Marbles.

On its lower level, the Parthenon houses 63 paintings by 19th- and 20th-century American artists in its permanent collection. During the summer, theatrical performances of Greek plays are given by local groups in front of the building, which are generally free. Additional performances are sometimes offered inside near Athena’s statue.

What else is good to know about the Parthenon at Centennial Park in Nashville?

Visitors most often spend about 2 to 3 hours exploring the Parthenon at Centennial Park and its accompanying grounds. There is an admission fee, and the hours of the museum often vary according to the season. Guided tours are offered, though by reservation only for groups of 10 or more. School groups must be led by a tour guide. Tour company groups, school groups, and seniors may receive discounted rates.

Reservations must be made at least a week in advance, but it’s advisable to make reservations as soon as possible. Parthenon tour confirmation sheets received via email are required for group reservations the day of your tour.

The Parthenon at Centennial Park in Nashville

Location: 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 9 am to 4.30 pm, Sunday from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

Phone: +1 615-862-8431