Nashville Parthenon
Nashville Parthenon
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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
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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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  • 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • TrailTrekker15
    Tallahassee, Florida5,190 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Dave1796
    Springfield, Virginia580 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 29, 2023
  • KBD87
    Arkansas1,268 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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Ed R
    Daytona Beach, Florida999 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
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • kunfushuss
    Pennsylvania480 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled solo
    Written December 16, 2023
  • parisbear
    334 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and unexpected
    The Parthenon is located in a beautiful park in downtown Nashville. If you go at the right time, there are different arts and craft fairs in the park and the Parthenon makes a beautiful backdrop. Although it seems a little out of place, it is interesting to look at focal point for photographs.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 21, 2024
  • JohnAnnColumbia_MD
    Columbia, Maryland1,865 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Athens of the South
    Interesting history of a Nashville landmark. I was happy to visit this replica of the real thing. We were very disappointed in the face the artist chose for Athena, not at all suggestive of ancient Greece. Otherwise, very impressive edifice.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
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Charlie B
Monroe, GA5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
if interested in spending to much money on an attraction, go see this.... THe story (online) is compelling. admission was 50% to much took 30 min inside.... But what the heck was a weekend get away....
Written February 12, 2020
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singingchefMichigan
Michigan30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
What a beautiful, unique attraction! This was one of the highlights of our trip to Nashville. There was quite a long line to get inside (didn't realize until we arrived that the museum space is combined with the Athena statue inside and that you have to pay admission to see any of it.) We had planned to do so anyway, but weren't expecting how long the line would be. It moved relatively quickly and we were able to see everything but then had to really rush to get to our scheduled tour in a different part of town. Plan plenty of time when you're going to be here, it will make your trip more enjoyable. Because of construction nearby allow plenty of time to find parking, etc.
Written April 12, 2021
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jjjjironstand
Roblin, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My daughter with the Greek Mythology obsession loved this. It is beautiful, and a great photo op. It is worth the 6 bucks (4 for kids) to see the huge Athena statue overlaid with gold. The art displays are beautiful as well. Take a (real) camera and get creative. Loved it!
Written January 6, 2020
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Chelsea Newell
Lancaster, PA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
While visiting Nashville with a few friends and family, we stopped at this full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. Regular admission was only $6 and the first floor told the history of the building and had a small art gallery as well as a gift shop. The 2nd floor was totally open and included a huge statue of Athena. This building was intriguing inside and out and the size of it was huge. It’s also in the middle of Centennial Park which has a lake and would be nice for a walk around before or after seeing the Parthenon. I think this is a great stop for anyone visiting the city who would be interested to see a little bit of history.
Written February 24, 2020
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03Mikme
Silver Spring, MD202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The Parthenon in the middle of a park in Tennessee seems odd. Understanding its role as part of a much larger celebration of the State’s 100th anniversary helps somewhat. While I really enjoyed the beauty of the gardens and the mile loop around a lake, a temple dedicated to Athena would be appropriate in Greece. I did enjoy the art on exhibit and the history of the Park. The price has recently doubled from $5 to $10 dollars per person perhaps to cover construction costs going on presently, Covid-19, etc. There are 2 for 1 coupons available on Sidekicks.
Written August 19, 2020
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Jim W.
Atlanta, GA1,302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
We visited in May of 2020. A word of caution: we approached from I-24 westbound. Per Waze, we were routed into a parking lot at one end of the Parthenon. There was a construction fence up around it and no apparent access. We took some photos but, before giving up, we walked around to the far end and found that it was, in fact, open! So check around to find the entrance.

When we visited, masks were required.

You pay $6 per adults (with discounts for students, seniors, etc.). You then walk up a ramp with a short exhibit about the original construction of the building for a Tennessee Centennial in the late 1800s.

Next, you are routed through an art gallery consisting of (I think) permanent paintings on the exterior perimeter wall and rotating exhibits in the interior space. This level is under the main building and you can stay as long as you like.

Next you ascend up to the main level. Here is the hall with the Athena statue. This statue was only constructed in the late 1980s or so, apparently. The scale is quite impressive, and it is certainly in better shape than the original building (which, in its defense is 2000+ years older and has suffered explosions, etc. in the interim). It is also much easier to access (for many) than a trip to Greece. That said, I'd still like to visit the original someday...

As things open back up post-COVID, this would likely be a more enjoyable stop, but I'd recommend it regardless.
Written June 7, 2020
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J David
Virginia Beach, VA1,630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
It's worth a stop to check out. Very cool history about the original purpose of the structure which was for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

The building built in 1897 is a full scale replica of the original in Athens Greece. A replica of the original 42 foot statue of Athena Parthenos is the centerpiece.

The building now serves as an art museum, displays history of the building & gift shop. This is a piece of Nashville's roots that most would enjoy. Younger visitors under 5 maybe not so much.

Admission is $6 for adults, $4 12&U, FREE military and their families.
Written May 8, 2020
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caitlynwilliams1031
Columbus, OH34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
We spent Labor day week vacationing in Nashville and it was very hot the whole week. An Uber driver recommended The Parthenon as something that we should definitely check out while we were in town. The next day we ubered there and checked it out.
This place is impressive. We spent probably a good 10-15 minutes walking around looking at the outside before we even went in. Admission was reasonably priced and there is SO much to see! There's a whole art museum area on the bottom floor with tons of beautiful paintings and other art. There are multiple pictures and memorabilia from the original Parthenon that was built for the world's fair and it's really interesting to read about. But non of that compares to the actual statue of Athena. It is beautiful and enormous.Once you're done inside there is plenty to see in the park where it is located. My husband and I even found a little wooden swing in the shade under some trees where we were able to sit and chat for again. I will definitely visit again the next time we are in Nashville!
Written January 19, 2020
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ChristusG
Florida848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
We came here basically just for the viewing of the outside, the pediments, and the statue of Athena. We’d just learned about this in our homeschool lessons and decided to include it in our vacation. The price was kind of high for the amount of time we wanted to stay (which was about 20 minutes). We didn’t really want to view the indoor museum items. But when we arrived on a Saturday morning, they were having an event called Kidsville where children and their families got in for free. So it worked out perfectly! I’m not sure how often they offer this though. It was very neat to see the Parthenon just as it once was a long time ago. A very neat replica of history! And Athena is huge!
Written June 22, 2021
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c_estrellaroca
Oceanside, CA459 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Solo
I’m super fortunate to say that I have seen the original but when I found out I was going to Nashville this was a must see on my list and it did not disappoint. To experience the Parthenon in its full glory is a sight to be seen especially if you can not make it to Athens. At the time I went it was only $10 to go inside to see the Athena statue and that is pretty much the highlight of the inside. To some that may not be worth the cost of admission but to me it was. The outside is also a great spot to do little photo shoots.
Written April 29, 2021
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