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Arts & Museums
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a wonderful place for art lovers. The center educates visitors on art and hopes it will bring about an interest in the community on the subject. The architecture is beautiful and the interiors and decor lend the space a very upscale elite ambiance and it frequently hosts art exhibitions. At the Frist Center, there is also a fabulous gift shop, where one can purchase memorabilia and other items and an excellent cafe where one can savor some delightful dishes and sip on coffee. Admission is free for students who are 18 and below.
Built in 1881, this structure is famous for its superb acoustics. Stars like Enrico Caruso and Charlie Chaplin graced its stage in the early 20th century. Home to the Grand Ole Opry radio show for more than 30 years; it gained popularity as "The Mother Church of Country Music." By day, you can view displays that depict its rich history. In the evening, enjoy live bluegrass, jazz, classical, country, and gospel performances. The auditorium is available for weddings, public meetings, corporate parties, theatrical productions, dinners and concerts. They also have a museum, which has various exhibits depicting music history.
The oldest print shop in America opened in 1879. For decades, it was the leading poster printer for circuses, vaudeville shows and sporting events. Today, it is located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is best known for creating images of Grand Ole Opry stars, thousands of which line the shop's walls. Modern-day artists employ the same techniques that have been used since the 15th century, including printing works on site.
Discover the stories behind the music as you view over 3,000 stage costumes, original song manuscripts and musical instruments. Many of the personal items of music legends are on display including Elvis' solid gold Cadillac. Admission includes a visit to the historical RCA Studio B and the Music Row walking tour. Allow at least two hours for exhibits and the tour.
While many galleries in the Nashville area provide a venue for local artisans, this is the only space where you will find the works of Norris Hall. Well recognized throughout middle Tennessee and the southeastern United States, Hall has been commissioned by many state organizations to design logos, caricatures and oil renditions of historic places. Other items of note are the sculptures and folk art. Many local artisans schedule showings and lectures in this small gallery.
Having the largest and most comprehensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the late legend, the Johnny Cash Museum is true gem of the downtown Nashville area. The legendary country super star and entertainers life can be seen through the many photos, hand written song lyrics, costumes, awards and musical instruments lovingly displayed throughout the buildings raw brick and motor space. Catch his booming voice as he croons out "Folsom Prison Blues" in one of the many interactive displays. Whether you're a country music fan or not, a visit to this museum will leave you with a newfound respect for one of the music industry's greatest legends.
The realization of a dream is what the O Gallery Art means for artist Olga Alexeeva. Born and raised in Russia, this artist's experience and journey tells the story of many immigrants who have contributed so much to the cultural and artistic heritage of the country as a whole. Located in downtown, in the famous Nashville Arcade, this art gallery is where the ethereal world of colors, creativity, and divine inspiration materializes on canvas. As a contribution to the city's vibrant art scene, O Gallery Art presents the works of upcoming as well as established artists, and also organizes workshops for experienced painters as well as amateurs. Visit the website to find out more.
From the pre-historic villages of Native Americans through early 1900s, Tennessee State Museum traces the rich and diverse history of the land that came to be called Tennessee. The powder horn of Davy Crocket, the Medal of Honor awarded to Sgt. Alvin York, the hat of President Andrew Jackson and artifacts representing the daily life of ordinary folks are on display. Military history buffs will be especially interested in the military section, which chronicles Tennessee's involvement from the Spanish American War to World War II.
Before 1779, the area known as Nashville was an uncharted wilderness. On Christmas Eve of that year these first settlers traveled by boat down the Cumberland River and settled on this spot. The settlement became known as Fort Nashborough, from which Nashville later took its name. This replica of the original settlement is authentic in many details and reflects the lifestyle of the frontier pioneers of the late 1700's. Visitors can take a 20-minute self-guided tour.
Mike and Ann Borum have spent more than a decade providing Nashville's photographers with quality photo processing. Now, they display the art of photography for all to see in the upper level of their shop. Chromatics PhotoImaging features photographic works by local professionals. Rotating exhibits throughout the year feature cityscapes, celebrity shots and historic images of locations around Music City. Admission is free, and photography lovers of all ages are welcome.
This 19-acre park was built in 1996 to commemorate Tennessee's 200 years of statehood. It provides wonderful views of the city and features a 200-foot granite map of Tennessee, which is bordered by thirty-one fountains that represent all of the state's rivers. There is also a 1,400-foot granite timeline documenting Tennessee's history, 2,000-seat amphitheater, botanical garden, and visitor center. Allow at least an hour to tour the entire park. Restrooms, a gift shop and restaurants are adjacent to the park. Admission: Free, but special events may have an entrance fee.
The thrill of scientific discovery awaits you! Come explore over 150 interactive exhibits and programs for children and adults. View the heavens from the 40-foot Sudekum Planetarium. Climb seven interactive levels to the top of the Adventure Tower, and experience BodyQuest, an exciting tour through the human body. Special programs are offered for high school students on weekend nights.