Nashville Parthenon
Nashville Parthenon
4.5
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
About
Standing as the centerpiece in Nashville's Centennial Park, the Parthenon is a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Come inside to see the 42-foot gilded sculpture of Athena, the permanent display of American paintings from the Cowan Collection, the history of the Nashville Parthenon dating back to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and a variety of temporary shows and exhibitions! The entrance is located on the ground level of the East side of the building.
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  • SBDTX0007
    Portland, Oregon123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's worth a look. Check it out!
    I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy this. I was pleasantly surprised. The museum in the basement provided good background about the origins of the idea for the project and efforts invested to make the structure permanent. The gilded statue of Athena was strikingly beautiful. I'm glad that we experienced this together. It doesn't take long to go through. I'd recommend going.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Wayne S.
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you love history and art, you will love this Parthenon
    I love history, including Ancient Greek and American History, and I also love art; sculpture, painting, photography and architecture. It had long been a desire of mine to visit THE only full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens in the world, and it did not disappoint. The Nashville Parthenon satisfied all of my interests. Not only do see the architecture of the Parthenon, but you can learn about Greek and American history and enjoy an art gallery as well. The stories of who was behind its construction and of the young artist, a recent art graduate from Vanderbilt, who sculpted Athena, are amazing! The art gallery is an added bonus. EMHO, if you love architecture, art and history, it is a “Don’t Miss!”
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Autumn G
    387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring a picnic and buy a ticket
    I wasn’t sure about this stop on our trip, but I insisted that we check it out. Centennial Park is really well kept- we parked (for free) and had a picnic lunch, then walked the perimeter of the Parthenon. It was pretty impressive so we decided to pay the entrance fee (there is an educator discount for teachers!) The bottom level was an art museum and history of the Centennial celebration for which the Parthenon replica was built. There was also a pretty cool exhibit on a variety of replicas at the back. Upstairs is the main attraction of the giant statue of Athena and hall inside the Parthenon. Totally work the ticket in my opinion.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • TrailTrekker15
    Tallahassee, Florida5,094 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Structure and Museum
    My fiancée and I visited the Nashville Parthenon on a recent trip. The structure is imposing and was built for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition in the late 1800s. The museum was a combination of history of the exposition, art, and Greek history. There were recreations of Greek statues as well. The doors and columns were very impressive. Considering this is a full-size complete replica of the Athens Parthenon, it was impressive what the ancient Greeks were able to construct. A couple of downsides were the large amount of trash around the outside as well as a large number of homeless people loitering around. Overall, this was a really nice place to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Dave1796
    Springfield, Virginia577 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful to see, learned a little history too.
    Beautiful to see, learned a little history too. Great to see the reconstructed Parthenon building and statue inside. We've been to the original in Athens. I actually enjoyed seeing this one more than the original ruins. Recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • wildmommms
    Newark, Delaware340 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I liked this more than my companions.
    On the first floor there are lots of photos and exhibits of the Centennial celebration with accompanying posters. Unfortunately much of it is in a rather narrow hallways. The speed of the crowd depends on how fast they can read. There is a lot to read! Consequently the hallways got clogged in spots. The real prize is the second floor. Suddenly, open & spacious , the huge golden statue of Athena is a site to behold! Lots more reading, but it’s all very helpful. The day we went there was a small desk attended by a college aged woman who answered any questions. She was very nice. The gift shop was unimpressive and the young lady who rung up my postcards never looked at me or said one word. Whatever. My friends didn’t enjoy this as much as I did, but they said they were still glad they saw it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 29, 2023
  • KBD87
    Arkansas1,269 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    We visited the Parthenon while in the park because our daughter is very interested in Greek architecture. It is something to see and as we have not been to the original, perhaps the closest we’ll come. It is an impressive building and you can see the giant statue of Athena inside and some art as well as pieces from the worlds fair. Lots of green space around to relax and enjoy the visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Ed R
    Daytona Beach, Florida998 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool
    Wow. I've seen the real thing, and now this one. I mean, the real thing took my breath away. This one is amazing. I didn't get to go inside. We were there on an off day, but we did walk around it. It is still amazing to me that the original was built so far back in time. This one is an exact replica. So even in modern times, this is still great architecture. The detail in the pillars and in the whole structure is absolutely amazing. I can't imagine how this one was built. I read the history and I recommend you do the same. It's interesting what the original place looked like during the fair. They did a lot of redesigning and reconstruction to complete this replica. It is very well done.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • kunfushuss
    Pennsylvania466 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exterior; not much inside
    This building is impressive but it's a little silly, and I struggled to give it an above-average rating. I took a (free with $10 admission) tour while I was there, and was not particularly impressed with that - it was barely more informative than I could gather from walking around. I did enjoy looking at the exterior, meant to be a close replica in many aspects. The interior had a small uninteresting art gallery and some artifacts and photos from the Tennessee Centennial, but you can skip all of that and go to the second floor which houses an Athena statue and some casting pieces for the exterior. I was underwhelmed by all of this, but I understand why there's some interest in the statue. Overall, I think it's an above-average exterior, which would make it a good spot to hang out in the park. I think going inside is unnecessary unless you want to see the Athena statue, and even then, you can be in and out in 10 minutes for $10.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 2, 2023
  • aesthete27
    Atlanta, Georgia10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected venue for historical American art
    A word about the art collection. If you like 19th and early 20th century American art, it's definitely worth a visit. I didn't count but I think it's around 60 artworks total, with some surprisingly good examples by Frederic Church, Thomas Moran and Sanford Gifford; as well as many by lesser-known but talented artists of that era, the likes of which appear at major galleries and auctions, but which rarely appear in a museum.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
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Paschke5
Overland Park, KS45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This place is so cool to see and is a great spot to sit and relax plus a great spot to take photos! Make sure you visit the gentleman selling the homemade Italian ice from his cart - it's amazing!
Written June 12, 2024
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The Sane Adventurer
Charlotte, NC566 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I was a bit jaded at first to see the Nashville Parthenon after being in Athens and viewing the real one. Concerned it was going to be Disney like "fake news". I was very pleasantly surprised as I felt this was a learned representation of what the real one would have looked like. One can imagine pictures of the interior of the original Parthenon, but the artists in Nashville using historical records created their rendition of Athena. Quite impressive. Couple that with historical symbolism, massive Bronze doors (not original) and I walked away very pleased that I took the time to visit. For me it was a bookend from what it likely was to what it looks like now. If you get a chance to go, I would.
Written June 8, 2024
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54Nancy54
Terre Haute, IN305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
If you can't make it to Greece to see the original Parthenon then this is the place for you. I've seen both and can tell you it is an impressive sight. We did not go in, just looked from afar and enjoyed the view in this lovely urban park.
Written June 3, 2024
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Abel R
Miami, FL645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
There’s a museum inside where you can see a couple of art exhibits. Also, you will find a 42 foot statue of Athena. The goddess of crafts. Afterwards, you can take a beautiful walk around the park.
Written June 1, 2024
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Barry L
Philadelphia, PA237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This building is amazing. There was an excellent special art exhibit, but the building itself and the 41' statue of Athena are well worth the trip. If you're in Nashville, don't miss it.
Written May 31, 2024
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Tracy R
129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is amazingly accurate to the real Parthenon.
The size is massive. Docents are knowledgeable. Great art collection in the basement.
Written May 28, 2024
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JCW703
Jerusalem District, Israel3,051 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Chalk this one up to the same as "South of the Boarder" or the giant peach (butt), both in South Carolina. A quirky building built for an exposition, left to rot and then restored and now repurposed as a halfway art / history museum in the middle of a typical city park.

I guess it is worth a visit, if you absolutely have nothing else to do.
Written May 23, 2024
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Bideford29
United Kingdom105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Wow. Was an unexpected find in Nashville but well worth the $10 entrance fee to look around the inside art exhibition and the magnificent statue
Written May 20, 2024
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PhlegmMaster
Phoenix, AZ4,720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Admission was $10 per adult.

Lots of interesting information about the history of the museum and the exact-size replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. There also is some art on display (classic & modern).

Surrounding grounds are lovely!
Written May 14, 2024
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GLMTraveler
350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We waited for the museum to open Sunday at 12:30. The fee reasonable but gift shop not welcoming. The museum itself had several displays along with the Parthenon replica. Fascinating history, take the time to see and read everything. The permanent and on loan paintingd, silver and glass were lovely. Articles well-written.
Written May 12, 2024
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