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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Downtown Nashville 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

'Honor Thy Music' is the catchphrase of this monumental museum, reflecting the near-biblical importance of country music to Nashville's soul. — Lonely Planet

This top-notch facility honoring the music that made Nashville famous is a must-see for any visitor to Music City. — Frommer's

Country music fans are in heaven here, surrounded by photographs, videos, and other memorabilia depicting the evolution of "hillbilly" music from the 1930s to the multimillion-dollar industry. — Concierge

Big, bold, and shameless, this is one heck of a celebration of country music—and you wouldn't have it any other way. — Afar Magazine

This jam-packed facility is generally considered the best of Nashville's numerous "musems" of country music and its stars. — Michelin Guide

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art

Nashville 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When garden-club doyennes dream, Cheekwood is what they see... Cheekwood's art museum has a permanent collection featuring contemporary stars like Andy Warhol. — Concierge

While this destination has plenty to appeal to grown-ups, too, they also host Tuesdays for Tots (from September through May) and Saturday morning activities (year round) that are for... — goop

It might be hard to envision a prettier setting than tree-lined Belle Meade Boulevard as it veers away from bustling Harding Pike and carves through the sprawling mansions that... — Travel + Leisure

In the 1800s—long before Starbucks dominated every street corner—Joel Cheek developed a blend of coffee and sold it at what would be the brand’s eponymous Maxwell House hotel. In 1928,... — Where

An elegant setting for rotating exhibits of the museum's collection. — Michelin Guide

Ryman Auditorium

Nashville 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dubbed “The Mother Church of Country Music,” Ryman Auditorium was a house of worship before it became home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Today, the historic... — Where

The Grand Ole Opry used to be in downtown Nashville, but when it expanded and moved to the 'burbs, the historic former Opry became the Ryman Auditorium. — Condé Nast Traveler

The single most historic site in the world of country music. — Frommer's

Often called the "mother church of country music." The Ryman is indeed a former house of worship, but it's the music that made it one of the world's most famous performance halls. — Concierge

A country-music shrine, the Ryman Auditorium and Museum was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. — Fodor's

Frist Center for Visual Arts

Downtown Nashville 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hosts traveling exhibitions of everything from American folk art to Picasso in the grand, refurbished post office building. — Lonely Planet

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in its art deco digs has hosted a continuous and inspiring collection of exhibitions from the area and the world. — Afar Magazine

The lack of a broad permanent collection allows the Frist Center to operate like a large gallery for a rotating roster of big-name installations organized by other museums. — Concierge

Now 15 years old, one of Nashville's most celebrated museums utilizes its 24,000 square feet of space to host a wide variety of exhibitions ranging from Italian automobiles to Soviet... — Travel + Leisure

Located in what was once Nashville’s landmark downtown post office, the Frist is probably the only art museum in the country that houses a working post office. This stunning art museum... — Where

Belle Meade Plantation

Nashville 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Horses were the name of the game at this former thoroughbred nursery... today, even though there are no horses to be found, the plantation is a popular draw for history buffs. — Concierge

Known as the "queen of the Tennessee plantations," this stunning Greek Revival house is marked by the Civil War bullet holes that riddle its columns. — Fodor's

The 1853 mansion is open to visitors, as are various interesting outbuildings, including a model slave cabin, and wine tasting. — Lonely Planet

The Greek Revival mansion is the centerpiece of the affluent Belle Meade region of Nashville and is surrounded by 30 acres of manicured lawns and shade trees. — Frommer's

Most antebellum plantation homes display portraits of family members in gilded frames, but at Belle Meade... the portraits are of Thoroughbred racehorses. — Michelin Guide

The Grand Ole Opry

Nashville 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Music lovers of all genres will find this live radio show entertaining. — Afar Magazine

This unassuming modern brick building seats 4400 for the Grand Ole Opry on Friday and Saturday from March to November. — Lonely Planet

Today the Opry continues to draw crowds for its weekend shows. — Michelin Guide

Anna McKerrow Going strong for 90 years (and counting), Nashville's live radio broadcast has been playing over the airwaves since it started as WSM Barn Dance in 1925. The historic... — Travel + Leisure

These exhibits are tributes to the performers who have appeared on the famous radio show over the years. — Frommer's

Adventure Science Center

Nashville 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The coolest exhibit? Space Chase, where future astronauts tackle a moonwalk and experience the challenges of weightlessness. In the center of the museum, kids scramble up the 75ft-high... — Lonely Planet

For over 70 years, this nonprofit institution has inspired the lifelong discovery of science. The science museum features nearly 200 hands-on exhibits focused on biology, physics, visual... — Where

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained for an afternoon? Let 'em loose at the Adventure Science Center. — Frommer's

An educational and playful trip for kids and adults alike. — Afar Magazine

Science is an adventure in this museum packed with hands-on activities, changing displays, and a flight simulator. — Fodor's

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The Johnny Cash Museum

Nashville 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nashville's nickname is Music City for a reason. — Condé Nast Traveler

This small-yet-mighty museum pays tribute to the Man in Black. The museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia, uniting the... — Where

The legendary Man in Black now has a dedicated space in Nashville. — Fodor's

The Johnny Cash Museum became a must-see attraction in Music City, receiving accolades from fans as well as the press. — Frommer's

The Johnny Cash Museum is quite literally the museum in black. The tour is dark lit, but the features are so bright and attractive. Cash’s life is displayed eloquently through the small... — On the Grid

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Tennessee State Museum

Downtown Nashville 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although the history of Tennessee is the focus at the Tennessee State Museum, the mummy steals the show. — Frommer's

For history buffs, this engaging but not flashy museum offers a worthy look at the state's past. — Lonely Planet

Located in downtown Nashville and free to visit, the museum also holds excellent exhibits. — Afar Magazine

More than 6,000 artifacts and rotating art and history exhibits trace the state's development. — Fodor's

This free museum offers a fascinating look at the history of Tennessee, from prehistoric times through the 20th century. Displays include prehistoric Indian artifacts, firearms, quilts,... — Where

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Fort Nashborough

Nashville 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

...[T]his reconstruction of Nashville's first settlement includes several buildings that faithfully reproduce what life in this frontier outpost was like in the late 18th century. — Frommer's

Built by James Robertson and his men after a journey of 400mi on foot through the Cumberland Gap. A few months later, John Donelson brought the men's wives and children by boat, a... — Michelin Guide

Chefs Carlos Davis (from Barbados) and B.J. Lofback (from Detroit) met at a charity event after the Nashville Flood of 2010 and joined forces to take their food truck across the city... — Afar Magazine

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Tennessee State Capitol

Downtown Nashville 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 1845–59 Greek Revival building was built from local limestone and marble by slaves and prison inmates working alongside European artisans. — Lonely Planet

The Greek Revival-style building was begun in 1845 and completed in 1859. Free guided tours are provided weekdays by the staff of the Tennessee State Museum. On legislative meeting days,... — Where

The self-professed masterpiece of architect William Strickland (1788-1854), this Tennessee limestone Greek Revival "temple" sits high on a hill and boasts ancient Athenian models for its... — Michelin Guide

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Belmont Mansion

Bellmont/Hillsboro 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

...[T]his Italianate villa is the city's most elegant historic home open to the public, and its grand salon is one of the most elaborately decorated rooms in any antebellum home in Tennessee. — Frommer's

The story of Belmont Mansion is the story of Adelicia Acklen, a Nashville socialite turned savvy business woman. One maneuver of note? Asking her second husband to sign a prenuptial... — Lonely Planet

Built in 1850 as the summer home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen (said to have been the wealthiest woman in America during the mid-1800s), this Italianate villa is furnished with original... — Where

This 1850s Italian-style villa was the home of Adelicia Acklen, Nashville's answer to Scarlett O'Hara, who married "once for money, once for love, and once for the hell of it. — Fodor's

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Carnton Plantation

Nashville 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Carnton’s grand main house, slave quarters and lovely garden are worth a visit in their own right. — Lonely Planet

Recently, this somber tourist attraction gained greater visibility as the backdrop for Robert Hicks's best-selling historic novel, The Widow of the South (2006). Built in 1826 by Randal... — Frommer's

Built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock, this home was the site of the gruesome Battle of Franklin. On Nov. 30, 1864, Tennessee's Confederate Army furiously assaulted the... — Where

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Lane Motor Museum

Nashville 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum houses the largest European car collection in the U.S., including 150 rare and unique cars and motorcycles. Here, you'll discover oddities like propeller-driven vehicles,... — Where

You don't have to be a car enthusiast to have fun at the Lane Motor Museum. — Frommer's

One's man passion for automobiles led to this collection of mostly European vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from mini cars to an amphibious car—one vehicle for almost every letter of the alphabet. — Fodor's

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Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

Downtown Nashville 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With a slogan of “Come see what you’ve heard,” the 60,000-square-foot museum honors the people behind the music. Memorabilia includes the famed Studio B door and Pete Drake’s steel... — Where

This downtown Nashville museum inside the Municipal Auditorium honors the talented musicians who have played on the greatest recordings of all time – some of them not as well known but... — Afar Magazine

Sure, Nashville is the capital of the world when it comes to country music, but it's also one of the world's major recording centers, with the greatest concentration of studio musicians on the planet. — Frommer's

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RCA Studio B

Downtown Nashville 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Music Row's most historic studios, this is where Elvis, the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton all recorded numerous hits. — Lonely Planet

Located on world-famous Music Row, Studio B is the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville where more than 35,000 songs were recorded—over 1,000 of which became Top 10 hits. Step... — Where

Dubbed "Home of 1,000 Hits," this humble building on Music Row was a hotbed of recording activity from the time it opened in 1957 until the early 1970s (it closed in 1977). — Frommer's

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Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort

Nashville 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nashville Shores is a fun water park and marina on Percy Priest Lake with a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a 1,000-foot-long lazy river float experience, and other splashy activities. — Fodor's

...[T]his massive water park and family recreation destination offers white-sand beaches, jet-ski and boat rentals, ...water slides, and even kayaking areas. — Frommer's

Every day is a beach day at this 385-acre, lakefront water park. Here, you'll encounter white sandy beaches, pools, slides and a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, plus volleyball and mini... — Where

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Nashville Zoo

Nashville 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 80-acre zoo just south of downtown has it all, from giraffes, elephants, and alligators to meerkats, rainbow-colored lorikeets, and African wild hogs. — Frommer's

Animal lovers shouldn't miss this wildlife park, which simulates the natural habitat of birds, elephants, and the usual zoo inhabitants. — Fodor's

Ostriches, elephants and zebras, oh my! The Nashville Zoo is home to more than 300 animals ranging from the Mexican Redknee Tarantula to the Clouded Leopard and Masai Giraffe. With 200... — Where

Meerkats. Cougars. Flamingos. Giraffes. Crowd-pleasers all. But we're partial to the kangaroos chilling out on the Kangaroo Kickabout, where you can reach out and pet Australia's favorite... — Lonely Planet

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Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store

Nashville 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

[T]his tourist site for die-hard Willie fans features many of his old guitars, gold and platinum records, movie posters, and even his pool table. — Frommer's

The Willie Nelson Museum , which might as well be called the Everything-But-Willie-Nelson's-Used-Toothbrush Museum. — Lonely Planet

The museum and large gift shop houses an expansive collection of country music memorabilia, including Willie’s recognizable bandana complete with fake braid attachments. A large portion... — Where

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The Parthenon

Nashville 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

After the Civil War, the city emerged... touting itself as the "Athens of the South". — Michelin Guide

An exact copy of the Athenian original, Nashville's Parthenon was constructed to commemorate Tennessee's 1897 centennial. — Fodor's

A little Greece goes a long way in Nashville, which has bragging rights to the only full-scale replica of the Parthenon in the U.S. The ornate structure originated as a plaster pavilion... — Where

The full-scale plaster copy of the 438-BC original now houses an art museum. — Lonely Planet

Music City’s replica of the Greek temple was built to scale—it’s the exact same size, right down to the 42 foot-tall statue of Athena. Nashville’s Parthenon was erected in 1897 as part of... — Condé Nast Traveler

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