Nashville Parthenon

Nashville Parthenon: Hours, Address, Nashville Parthenon Reviews: 4.5/5

Nashville Parthenon
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Art Museums
Read more
9:00 AM - 4:30 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
Write a review
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.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience Nashville Parthenon and nearby attractions

Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
4,816 reviews
Excellent
2,324
Very good
1,704
Average
647
Poor
105
Terrible
36

traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN12,586 contributions
We were attending a work conference in downtown Nashville, so on the last day here we ventured a trip to see the Parthenon, and believe me it was well worth it!
From downtown, you can catch a city bus that takes you directly to the park for only two dollars. The park alone is worth a visit, but you see the Parthenon dominating the landscape. This full scale replica of the one in Athens, Greece was built for the World's Fair in 1897 which encompassed all of what is now the Centennial Park. This building is the only one left from that fair and it has gone through a restoration and renovation a couple of times since then. It is beautiful and houses a 42 foot statue of Athena as the biggest attraction, but there is also many famous paintings on display as well. There is also quite a bit of historical information about the building and the 1897 World's Fair held here. Really well worth the visit and it is only $10 to go through the museum. They also have a very nice gift shop.
Written April 19, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

south_fam
Demorest, GA16 contributions
Family
My daughter studied Greek mythology this past year in school. We had a styrofoam model of the Parthenon on our kitchen table for a month. She's also a huge Percy Jackson fan so of course, a trip to Nashville would not have been complete without a trip to the Parthenon. For the three of us, it was $30. This was pricey considering what you see inside. There were a few pictures documenting the building and history. A hallway showed paintings from the 1800's. Then, there was a strange plaster art exhibit which was not really appropriate for younger children based on the subject matter. Upstairs, you could see the statue of Athena which was interesting. This was nice to visit once but $30 for a 30 minute walk-through of art and a large statue wasn't really worth it. When they finish the park construction, we would go back to take some pics of the outside but I'm not sure I would recommend families to tour the inside for the price if you are looking for fun in Nashville.
Written July 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gary B
Prescott, AZ206 contributions
This impressive recreation of the original Parthenon presents a lovely collection of local art and selected pieces from the private collection of a Nashville native. The piece de resistance is on the second floor: A masterful statue of Athena Parthenos, the goddess of wisdom, in Greek tradition.
I highly recommend this institution for a 1-2 hour exploration, by people of all ages.
Written July 20, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

singingchefMichigan
Michigan33 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Just Work
6 contributions
Solo
This is a lovely attraction at a beautiful city in a great state. I stayed at an Airbnb nearby in Brentwood which is just a lovely community great places to dine and unique retailers to enjoy only the best quality of work.

I would enjoy to say you may easily cross paths with a celebrity or two while out and about however, keep in mind they like their privacy and personal time with their families and friends too, they are just humans and appreciate not being photographed and chased after being sighted. Nashville, TN was lovely to community into either by plane or auto, the city felt very safe and we will always have absolutely the best memories of a great trip.
Written July 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Wylietravel
84 contributions
Couples
This replica is really a “must see” for history buffs and especially those who like Greek history!! I was really impressed by the detail and just overall beauty of this place. I have been the real Parthenon in Athens Greece & this just makes me want to go back there again. The museum inside is interesting and it does cost $10 to see it and the statue as well. The overall park is well maintained and a beautiful place in the center of all the Nashville businesses.
Written May 26, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

lm55417
Minneapolis, MN255 contributions
We paid the $10 admission fee per adult and did the self-guided tour inside. Really interesting to learn about this incredible structure and history. The Athena statue is definitely a sight to see. It also houses a very impressive collection of art. The park itself is also beautiful and worth the trip alone even if you don't go into the Parthenon.
Written April 21, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ChristusG
Florida677 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ms_H64
Villa Park, IL68 contributions
This is an interesting place to visit in Centennial Park in Nashville. The park itself is really nice, although it was going through a renovation project while we were there. There are trails, ponds, and lots of plants and trees and it's very peaceful. The Parthenon is a huge building on the property. It is $6 per person to enter, and you will need a face mask for the time being. The first floor had a bunch of artwork, mostly a personal collection of paintings by someone who had left them to the city to be displayed. There was also a temporary exhibit by an artist who made plaster casts of her own body parts and decorated them in different ways. (Might be a bit sensitive to explain some of the pieces to a younger child...) There were also a lot of items from the Centennial Exposition that was held on the site in 1897. The actual building was made of a temporary plaster for the Exposition, as were the other buildings that were constructed for the fair, but this building was not made to last and a new, permanent structure was built in 1929. The coolest thing is when you go upstairs and see the huge, gilded statue of Athena, which is 42 feet tall. It's hard to describe the scale of this sculpture, but it is quite imposing and the story of how it was built is quite interesting. There is also a lot of information on this floor about the Greek gods and the beliefs of those time. There is an elevator available if you need one. Depending on how much time you spend looking at the artwork and reading about the fair and statues, you can expect to spend about an hour here.
Written June 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

mary h
McKinney, TX43 contributions
We really enjoyed visiting the Parthenon. It's gorgeous from the outside and the Athena statue on the inside is amazing. You will need to pay to go inside but there is a nice art gallery on the first floor and the Athena statue plus other greek inspired designs on the second floor.
Written July 20, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 4,659
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Nashville Parthenon

Nashville Parthenon is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Tue - Thu 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Nashville Parthenon tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 7 Nashville Parthenon tours on Tripadvisor