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Nashville Parthenon, Nashville

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#4 of 30 in Museums in Nashville
Architectural Building · Art Museum
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Experience Ancient Greece in the heart of Tennessee at Nashville Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original structure in Athens. The impressive imitation was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, no doubt influenced by Nashville's moniker, "Athens of the South." Examine the plaster replica of the Parthenon Marbles and the imposing statue of Athena Parthenos. Nashville native Alan LeQuire needed eight years to complete the 13 m (42 ft) tall Athena statue. The building also serves as an art museum with a permanent collection of 63 paintings by 19th- and 20th-century American artists. Plan your visit to Nashville Parthenon and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Nashville journey planner.
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  • Worth seeking out. Unusual to see such a structure in America. It was interesting to walk round it and learn all about it. 
    Worth seeking out. Unusual to see such a structure in America. It was interesting to walk round it and learn all about it.  more »
  • learning more history and the displays were impressive. Easy to get to, doesn’t take long to do the tour definitely recommend going if you haven’t been 
    learning more history and the displays were impressive. Easy to get to, doesn’t take long to do the tour definitely recommend going if you haven’t been  more »
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  • Definitely, definitely a must see when visiting Nashville- Such a beautiful structure! The process and history are very fascinating. Although we visited on a bitter cold day, we spent a fair amount of time on the outside and inside exploring. The way the old remnants are displayed at the end of the museum were presented very nicely so you could see what part they came from the top frame of the building. The park is also quite tranquil, it’d be an ideal place to read a book or just relax. We’ll be back to visit on a warmer day for sure!
  • A nice little museum for those who enjoy art and history. When we visited there was a display from some modern artists, more historical paintings, as well as displays detailing the 1987 Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition (for which the Parthenon replica was built), and displays detailing the building of the Parthenon and its contents. The statue of Athena is impressively large in person and worth the cost of admittance on its own ($10). We went on a weekday so it was not crowded at all, and spent about an hour walking through it slowly and reading the plaques. If you don’t care to stop and read everything you could probably blow through in 20 minutes or less. There is free parking just a short walk from the Parthenon, though even on a slow weekday it was pretty full with only one or two spots open when we arrived.

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