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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 →

You don't have to be a country lover to appreciate the Country Music Hall of Fame, the 350,000-square-feet museum. — Travel + Leisure

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

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 Hall of Fame is an ever-rotating exhibit of country music and all the memorabilia to go along with it. — On the Grid

A full city-block long, filled with plaques and exhibits highlighting performers from the old-time favorites to the latest generation of stars... and Elvis Presley's solid-gold 1960 Cadillac limo. — Fodor's

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art

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

Though the art collection inside is permanent, Cheekwood's gardens change with the seasons; don't miss the colorful tulip display each spring or the lights show over the holidays. — Travel + Leisure

Cheekwood is always a peaceful, beautiful place. — Afar Magazine

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

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 — 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 →

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

The Grand Ole Opry took place here for 31 years... today the Opry returns to the Ryman during winter. — Lonely Planet

The Ryman is a place of pilgrimage for every country music fan. — Afar Magazine

Built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle by Nashville riverboat captain Tom Ryman... designed an auditorium, with a 100ft-high ceiling and stellar acoustics. — Michelin Guide

The single most historic site in the world of country music. — Frommer'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 a series of rotating exhibits and works borrowed from other museums. — Condé Nast Traveler

Permanent attractions include the 30-station, interactive Martin ArtQuest Gallery and Music at the Frist, a program of live performances in the Grand Lobby or café every Friday and Saturday. — Travel + Leisure

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

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 — Where

In addition to an always-compelling roster of exhibits, the Frist has an entire gallery—the Martin Artquest Gallery—devoted to art activities for kids, every day of the week. — goop

Belle Meade Plantation

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

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

Built in 1807, this plantation provides a unique perspective on Southern history — Where

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

The mansion also has a winery on site and hosts tastings daily. — Afar Magazine

The Grand Ole Opry

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

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

This enormously popular radio show, performed in the Grand Ole Opry House, has been broadcasting country music since 1925. — Fodor's

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

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

Adventure Science Center

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

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

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

In the center of the museum, kids scramble up the 75ft-high Adventure Tower, a multi-level tower loaded with interactive distractions spotlighting health, earth science and energy. — Lonely Planet

For over 70 years, this nonprofit institution has inspired the lifelong discovery of science — Where

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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 →

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

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

This small-yet-mighty museum pays tribute to the Man in Black — Where

Cash’s life is displayed eloquently through the small space, really allowing an emotional connection unlike any other museum I have experienced. — On the Grid

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

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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 →

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

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

This free museum offers a fascinating look at the history of Tennessee, from prehistoric times through the 20th century — Where

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

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

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Belmont Mansion

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

In 1951, the Tennessee Baptist Convention purchased the school, which is now Belmont University. — 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

...[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 1853 mansion was later restyled as an Italianate villa. Union forces occupied the property before and during the 1864 Battle of Nashville. — Lonely Planet

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Nashville Zoo

Nashville 77 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

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 marsupial. — Lonely Planet

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 — Where

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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 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. — Michelin Guide

The Greek Revival-style building was begun in 1845 and completed in 1859 — Where

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Carter House

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

This Registered Historic Landmark has been open to the public since 1953, and serves as a memorial to the Carter Family, as well as the countless heroes of the Battle of Franklin. — Where

While the fighting raged above, the family hid in the basement, and today the house is one of the most bullet-ridden Civil War properties left in the USA. — Lonely Planet

Built in 1830, the Carter House served as the Union army command post during the Battle of Franklin. — Frommer'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

There are almost 1,500 graves in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, which makes this the largest private Confederate cemetery in the country. — Frommer's

Built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock, this home was the site of the gruesome Battle of Franklin — Where

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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 →

Every day is a beach day at this 385-acre, lakefront water park — Where

...[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

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

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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 →

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

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 — Where

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Carl Van Vechten Gallery

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

This university gallery is very much worth a visit. It houses photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s personal collection of art spanning from Cézanne, to Toulouse-Lautrec, to Picasso. — goop

After the death of her husband, American photographer Alfred Stieglitz, painter Georgia O'Keeffe donated their personal art collection to this black institution — Michelin Guide

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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 — Where

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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 →

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

With a slogan of “Come see what you’ve heard,” the 60,000-square-foot museum honors the people behind the music — 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. — Where

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

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

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