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Review of The Parthenon

The Parthenon
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US$28.13*
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Night Time Trolley Tour of Nashville
Ranked #50 of 269 things to do in Nashville
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 4, 2018

When you think about it, it is quite difficult to find a decent attraction that has a low cost to see. Should you somehow find a low cost attraction somewhere, it's often easy to leave wondering if maybe you've wasted your money. We found the Parthenon in Nashville a pleasant surprise. It very much exceeded our (low) expectations. When our two teenagers enjoyed it, we knew there was something unique about the attraction that made it worthwhile for them as well. Our teenage son didn't get into/enjoy the 63 piece art gallery inside on the first floor but our teenage daughter, who enjoys art, very much did. Both enjoyed the massive Athena sculpture on the 2nd floor. So for $20, a family of four - who spent a little more than an hour to see something unique and interesting - walked away happy, satisfied and with a lot of things to talk about regarding what we enjoyed most at the Parthenon. Can say for our family that this place was worth the time and money. NOTE- parking can be a challenge. We visited during Spring Break and had to park on a side street ~4 blocks away because all the parking lots in/around Centennial Park were full.

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We went to Athens last year and got to see the Parthenon. (It is always under repair, so you can never go inside.) The Nashville Parthenon is open. We paid $4 for one senior ticket. The lower floors are a museum ... interesting. However, the upper floor is quite impressive.

Thank Rick B
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

A pretty cool idea. I have been fortunate enough to have been to the real one in Athens and this replica adds to that experience (though, for obvious reasons, does not replace it).

Let me start with the good:

It is an exact scale replica. The artistic detail is very close to the original (design-wise). It was cool to see the huge doors that allowed entrance and to see they were also decorated. Seeing the scale of the goddess that graced the original was pretty humbling as well. The case replicas behind her in the adjacent room was pretty cool to see and well worth visual study in understanding how masterful the original artisans must have been.

The meh:

The material choice used to create this is so odd to me, why use aggregate heavy concrete when the original was made of smooth marble? I am guessing that it was a budget decision.

The goddess statue was a complete letdown imo. If you look at ANY marble work done at the time you will quickly see why. This replica is more akin to a lawn statue, not the masterful, flowing, in action artwork that the Greeks of this time were masters of. Just 100 feet away are replicas that show any observant person just how far off the mark this replica must be. One look at Victory tells you that this is more of a Christian angel than it is of the pagan Greek. Her wings tucked, instead of flowing as if ready to take flight.

My hope is that, one day, the people who care for this wonderful idea correct this gracious error and replace this statue with something more reminiscent of the people / art of the time.

Thank Jason B
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

I wasn't overly impressed, therefore we didn't go inside to do the tour. I's am interesting looking building, but I just didn't get the fascination.

Thank akinjm
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Having just traveled to Athens to see the original, it was really cool to see what it may have looked like back in the day. The interior exhibits all focus on the Exhibition it was built for, and the statue is not historically accurate (although impressive), so the exterior was the most interesting aspect for me. They did have a 1:10 scale model of a crane they may have used to build the original, and the huge bronze doors were impressive.

Thank Randy S
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