This may be one of the best kept secrets in the Southeast. The Nashville Parthenon is an amazing replica of Athens' Parthenon. The structure is awesome and the inside inspiring. The art exhibit and history of why and how the Parthenon was built is exceptional.
Athena is the ancient goddess of wisdom and learning. At Nashville, the museum houses the tallest indoor sculpture of Athena in the western world. She is cuirassed and helmeted, and carries a shield on her left arm. In her right palm is a small statue of Nike, which stands for Victory. The statue is 42 feet high, gilt with more than eight pounds of gold leaf.
It was built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. However the building became unsafe and was rebuilt in 1929. There is no straight line. No two columns are the same size. No two columns are placed at the same distance. No two steps are the same size and the floor is not square or level. The Parthenon houses the city’s permanent art collection, and plaster cast of the Elgin Marbles. It has a gift shop and a visitor’s centre. It is proudly known as the Athens of the South.
The Parthenon Travel Tips
- There were plenty of parking for free.
- The Parthenon is located in the Centennial Park which is pet friendly.
- Photography is allowed only in some levels.
- It is not wheelchair friendly.
Entrance Ticket Details For The Parthenon
- Child- USD 2.50, Seniors- USD 2.50
How to Reach The Parthenon
- 25th Ave N & Leslie Ave NB: Bus 25
- Patterson Street and 25th Ave WB: Bus 25
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57.64% of people who visit Nashville include The Parthenon in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
39.56% of people start their The Parthenon visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see The Parthenon
93.85% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Parthenon
The Parthenon Reviews & Ratings
Awesome building. You can't comprehend the scale until you actually see it. You can see all that from the outside free. I think it's $7 for adults to get into the museum the first floor has a statue of Athena I would guess to be 30 or 35 ft tall and some really cool big heavy wooden doors. The other two floors are paintings from a local collector I believe they may be local artists are some that are pretty cool
We went at night, so we could not go inside. The replica seems pretty darned good. We haven’t been to the original, but this seemed pretty neat to us. The nighttime view was pretty special.
Beautiful place to visit in Nashville even if you don’t get the opportunity to go inside. The grounds are breath taking and landscaped nicely. Great for walking. I also rented some of the scooters and drove around the property. Will definitely visit again one day! Such a cool addition to the Nashville scene.
Pretty cool inside. Lots of pictures, art, sculptures, and history to read about. Price isn't too bad and if your there in the summer they have good a/c, restrooms as well.
Very neat place to visit. Definitely worth the price to go inside and view the statue of Athena. One of the better attractions in Nashville and theres not many.