Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States, and recently named the #1 historic house in Tennessee. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with over 30 historic buildings, that welcomes some 200,000 annual visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren, from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage to witness "The Duel: The Art of the Southern Gentleman." This 30-minute visitor experience will answer questions about dueling followed by an ACTUAL demonstration by our historic re-enactors. “The Duel” takes place every Thursday through Sunday throughout the day, free with paid admission.
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Carrie R
Bee Spring, KY96 contributions
My family and I took a VIP tour of the Hermitage during our Christmas stay in Nashville. We have visited the Hermitage many times over the years, both for regular tours and special events, but this was our first time to tour at Christmas. Honestly, while the bits of greenery and wrapped gifts displayed in the rooms were lovely, as a CHRISTMAS tour, there was not a lot to see, so, if you are going specifically to see Christmas decorations, there are other houses that might have more to offer. That said, while it is more expensive, the VIP tour is definitely the way to go. For those who have been to the Hermitage before, you know that the rooms are enclosed behind clear plastic or plexiglass barriers, so guests can only gaze into the rooms instead of actually entering them in most cases. Because of this, a small group is quite necessary to make the most of the experience. The VIP tour ensures this as there is a limit of 12 to 15 people allowed. On past trips to the Hermitage, I have been given audio tours with headsets which definitely is NOT my favorite way to see a property. I'm not sure if that is still a practice, but there is none of that on the VIP tour. Instead, you have a knowledgeable experienced guide who takes your group through the museum, up the original entrance to the house (which is cool because you get the chance to stop and take pictures in the drive in front of the house), through the mansion, to several outbuildings on the property, and to the cemetery. One of the highlights is that you get to go out onto the upstairs balcony and see the view from there. Our guide also allowed us to peek into the cellar. There is not a lot more to SEE on the VIP tour, but there is a lot more to LEARN. The tour lasts about 2 hours, and, unless you take time to read all of the information in the museum, there are things that you are going to miss on a normal tour that the VIP guide points out. Even though you aren't getting the opportunity to go into off-limits rooms or walk behind the glass, the ability to travel in a smaller group with someone who knows his or her stuff and ask questions makes the extra fee worth it. For those who have never been to the Hermitage, it's a neat old house and a must-see if you are interested in the homes of former presidents. If you have a serious interest in history or just fancy a more personalized experience then I would encourage you to consider the VIP tour.
Written January 3, 2022
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James M
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I have gone twice now to the Hermitage, it is a great place to see the history of Andrew Jackson and the Mansion Tour was worth the extra cost, My wife loved it and there is a lot of family history the guide explains almost taking you back in time. The grounds are large and good to take your time and pace yourself, I use a cane to walk and did it fine. The gift shop is fun and has some interesting things, the food at the restaurant is good and worth having lunch at. Be sure to take in the short documentary that is the start of your self guided tour and goes over the history of the former President. The museum part is next and many personal items of his and historical items from the Battle of New Orleans, be sure to go into every room, I missed one on my first visit there. It is a special place, if you enjoy Presidential Libraries you will enjoy this destination.
Written August 5, 2022
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dlwinger
Fernandina Beach, FL3,527 contributions
Visited on a Sunday morning after getting our tickets for the house tour online, but there were such few people could have easily purchased onsite. Timed tour for the house which is about a 10 minute walk from the museum so we had to bypass the museum. Very interesting docents tell the story of Andrew and Rachel Jackson, the evolution of the house and life during those times. House tour was probably only 45 minutes but we spent another hour walking the grounds to see the spring house, original log home, slave cabins, gardens and the family cemetery.
Written November 1, 2021
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Texasgal1517
Nashville, TN49 contributions
Solo
There are a variety of different types of tours you can take depending on your interest/focus and amount of time you have to spend at the museum. I went on the VIP tour which was roughly 90 min- 2 hours and well worth it. Our guide provided a lot more background and stories on the information presented in the museum, grounds, mansion, grave, and surrounding buildings. The pace is not rushed yet time flies. The museum is well maintained and preserved. 90% of the mansion contents are original to when the Jackson family lived there 200 years ago. The museum does a great job at presenting all sides of Andrew Jackson: a controversial yet well respected man of many contradictions, especially for his time, that in many ways represented the contradictions in TN in the 1800s.
Written November 6, 2021
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Abigail B
Reno, NV301 contributions
Solo
Oh my! I loved reading up on the website prior to my trip! Fantastic information and says they are open ‘Rain or Shine!’

I loved seeing this property, Mr. Zimmerman and Erin are clearly passionate about history, the good, the bad and honest about the facts. Engaging guide, tons and tons of info!

I took the VIP Tour so that I could see the inside of the mansion. I recommend seeing the inside of the ‘big house.’ Also there is a complementary wine tasting with your VIP ticket stubs after the tour!

I also purchased the NEW ‘In Their Footsteps’ Tour that highlights the enslaved people from the beginning of Andrew Jackson’s adult life to well after his end. Nothing but respect and honor is shown to those that didn’t have a voice through this tour.

In my opinion, although many facts and aspects of history can be brutal and tragic, they should always be remembered as something we never want to happen again.

The employees at this historical site embrace all aspects of your experience with respect and dignity.
Written October 6, 2020
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r0nbr
Ridgway, PA60 contributions
We made a reservation online for a tour of The Hermitage @ around $25.00 each. They did not provide an option to reserve a time. We arrived around 2:00 PM thinking we could join the next tour. We were told that the next opening for a tour was at 4:50 PM. We could not spend the whole afternoon waiting for the tour, so we walked around the grounds for 45 minutes and then left. Certainly not worth $50.00+. Either arrive very early or plan to spend a long time waiting.
Written April 18, 2021
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Lynn S
League City, TX570 contributions
I cannot say enough good things about this tour. We paid for a VIP tour, which included a guided tour of the museum, grounds and mansion. The tour starts off in the museum with a guide. Much of what is in the museum concerns Andrew Jackson's military career. There is some mention of his presidency but most of the history is about his military service. The grounds and mansion have been immaculately maintained and restored. I believe the guide said over 90% of the things inside the masion are actual artifacts and not reproductions, more than Mount Vernon or Monticello. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He even offered to wear a mask if anyone wanted him to (nobody did thankfully) and said we were free to wear a mask or not. On the grounds, we also got to see slave quarters and the cemetery where Andrew and his wife and sons and family are buried. There is a lot of walking on the tour and some places are not handicapped accessible (like going upstairs in the mansion).
Written June 19, 2021
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ajs
67 contributions
Couples
We took the VIP tour of The Hermitage, the home of General (President) Andrew Jackson, near Nashville, which was well worth the price. The tour included only 10 persons with a private guide, who described in detail the history of the General and the mansion. The house and grounds are magnificent in their authenticity. The Hermitage is the third most popular Presidential Home in America, after Mount Vernon and Monticello.
Written April 14, 2021
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA501 contributions
My husband & I visited here as our first stop on a trip from PA to TN that included Nashville, Memphis, and Union City. Being an American history buff, I enjoy learning about our earliest presidents, as well as touring antebellum houses. I had pre-purchased our tickets online with a reserved house tour time. Before our house tour, we checked out the grounds and the museum. The grounds were pleasant to walk and contained a few outbuildings, some with exhibits inside. The museum was rather small (one gallery was closed due to “staffing” shortage, I was told), but we enjoyed the short movie shown in the theater.

We thought the main house was tastefully decorated and furnished, and we enjoyed looking around inside. Our 30-minute tour of the 2 floors seemed a bit too short (especially compared to the comprehensive tour we enjoyed at Belle Meade the next day—see separate review).

All in all, we spent 2½ hours here, enjoying the nice setting. It’s not the best interpreted historic site we’ve ever toured, but we were glad we visited.

I wanted to tour nearby Tulip Grove but was told that, while we could walk around outside, it is not open for tours
Written April 27, 2022
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Sue M
Grafton, OH175 contributions
Definitely if you are wanting to go here purchase the VIP tickets which allow you to see things with the tour guide you are not able to do otherwise. We had a very informative guide that took extra time to explain and answer the many questions that was asked. The mansion is beautiful along with the grounds. Worth the trip if you are in the area.
Written August 29, 2021
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