Nashville is perhaps best known for being America’s Music City. What fewer out of towners know is that Nashville has a rich culture of historical and modern tourist attractions for visitors of all backgrounds. With this in mind, today we will review some of the most famous and notable museums in the greater Nashville area and review how visitors can sign up for guided tours.
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Arguably the most famous musical attraction in Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum boasts an incredible collection of instruments, recordings, stage worn costumes, and just about everything else a fan could hope to see. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has a wide range of exhibits and attractions. Therefore, there are a number of different available tour options for visitors. Many tours are focused on a singular aspect of country music history like a “historic RCA Studio B Tour” or an “Inside Tracks” tour about the life of a singer-songwriter. Tours commonly take 1-2 hours and vary in cost.
Frist Art Museum
The Frist Art Museum is Nashville’s premier fine arts museum. Exhibitions frequently include some of the most famous pieces of high art in the world, examples of cutting edge modern art, and local art showcases. The museum offers group and individual tours which range from college group tours to architecture tours, to tours for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Informal guided tours are also available on weekdays at 1:30 p.m. and most weekend days around 10:30 a.m.
The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s Residence)
The Hermitage, also known as Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, is one of the most famous estates in the south. Visitors are free to explore the vast property, view the many curated exhibits and enjoy some of the events hosted at the site. Past and present events include vintage baseball exhibitions, Hermitage homeschool days, and even dog days at the Hermitage. The Hermitage Mansion tour is included with the price of admission and includes a “walk through The Hermitage mansion guided by in-character interpreters to explore the house of Andrew Jackson restored with hundreds of his original belongings.” Additional tours such as the audio tour (free), President’s tour, and VIP tour all come with different prices or are included with different levels of admission.
Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum is, unsurprisingly, a celebration of all things Tennessee. The museum’s mission is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the material culture of Tennessee and Tennesseans.” Exhibits range from prehistoric Native American culture all the way to the present day. The Museum works closely with the Tennessee Historical Society to preserve local culture. The Tennessee State Museum resides in the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Tours are available to groups and individuals during visiting hours. There are also guides available at the museum for walking tours and “hop on hop off tours” through Gray Line and Old Town Trolley.
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe
Last but not least, any country fan would be crazy to miss out on the Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Located at 119 Third Ave. S, Nashville TN 37201, the museum received the AAA gem rating, a distinction awarded to only six (6) attractions in the Nashville area! Forbes, National Geographic traveler, and Conde’ Naste all ranked the Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe as their number one music museum in the world!
The museum is self-guided, so there are no available formal tours. General admission is ~$20 for adults and ~$17 for children 6-15. Children 5 and under may attend cost-free.
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2020 Exhibitors & Sponsors
Elite sponsors: Allergan & Galderma
Platinum sponsors: Body by BTL, Crown Aesthetics, Cynosure, Merz Aesthetics, Ortho Dermatologics, Solta Medical
Gold sponsors: AbbVie, Crystal Clear, DefenAge, Evolus, SkinCeuticals, Sun Pharma