Music City offers history and charm

Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Nashville.



Belle Meade Plantation is one of the premier plantations in Nashville. Stately, elegant, and pristine, this antebellum mansion rests on 30 acres of land just south of Nashville in upscale Belle Meade. Charming and authentic, the quaint grounds...  Read More



Everything you ever wanted to know about Tennessee and more! The complete history if the state is traced from the original Native American inhabitants through the first European settlers and on through the Civil War and Antebellum period,...  Read More

Tennessee State Capitol


History buffs will strike gold here. The building, dating from the Civil War era, has been restored to its original glory. Visitors are invited to tour the House and Senate Chambers and fill their minds with American trivia. The grounds, site of...  Read More



A unique Nashville experience, the Frist brings culture, the arts, and history alive. More than just a museum, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville's rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With new exhibitions...  Read More



One of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars, Lane Motor Museum is a working museum. Some of the cars are in showroom condition, while others represent typical aging. A well-known Music City landmark, this unique collection...  Read More



Dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee's railroad heritage, the Tennessee Central Railway Museum invites visitors to ride one of their historic passenger trains and experience the joys of rail travel. With a growing collection of historic...  Read More

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery
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One of a kind, this historical art collection serves the needs of students and the wider community, as well as showcasing great works of art. Offering a diverse collection, the gallery has sought to increase its holdings of works by...  Read More

Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery


The Carl Van Vechten Gallery features a permanent installation of The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern American and European Art (named after Georgia O'Keeffe's husband) on its main floor. This includes works by Pablo Picasso, Paul...  Read More



A tribute to classical architecture, the Parthenon in Centennial Park houses one of the premier museums in the area. The permanent collection not only boasts notable works from 19th- and 20th-century American artists, including Albert Bierstadt,...  Read More



An iconic landmark for country music fanatics, artists and critics, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum chronicles the stardom of the genre's famous favorites. "Sing Me Back Home: The Journey Begins, Folk Roots to the 1960's" conjures...  Read More


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