Nashville – Parthenon – Tennessee State Museum – Broadway

by | Sep 17, 2022

Nashville Parthenon
Joan and I spent a couple days seeing the sites of Nashville. With our travels to Nashville spanning well over a ten year period, we’re still amazed when we visit the great music venues downtown as well as find something new to experience. On this trip we returned to Broadway on a Friday night where thousand came to experience the sounds of the many music venues. We also wanted to see sites we’ve never visited that were unique yet fit a tight budget – the Tennessee State Museum and the Parthenon along with some great Barbecue and ice cream along the way.

Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State MuseumThe Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest in the nation with displays covering 137,000 square feet and time from the Paleolithic period to present. Open to the public and free of charge, the Museum contains a vast source of video presentations along with artifacts from the First Peoples who settled Tennessee, continuing with the early European settlers continuing with the conflicts from the Civil and foreign wars, and the many accomplishments to present.

The Parthenon

Nashville Parthenon AthenaThe Parthenon in Nashville was built as part of the1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. The Parthenon is located in Centennial Park and was built as an exact replication of the fifth century BC Parthenon located in Athens Greece.

The lower level contains a permanent collection of paintings and exhibits from the 1897 Exposition. The main level contains a replica of the Athena Parthenon statue that was completed in 1990 and was in the original Parthenon in Athens.

The statue of Athena Parthenon was reconstructed to careful scholarly standards and stands 42 feet and gilt with more than 8 pounds of gold leaf. The statue is an amazing site.


A trip to Nashville would not be complete without a visit downtown to the famous Broadway strip with its numerous museums, restaurants and music venues. There are a wide range of venues from the early days of country music to a number of multi-floor venues by current artist. Joan and I tend to migrate to the smaller spots where you can get close to the performers. Favorites are Layla’s, Robert’s and Whiskey Row.

Below are a few short clips I’ve included from our Broadway Friday night to show the amazing talent offer night after night in Nashville.

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