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Museum
“The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum adds a strikingly modern touch to the Nashville skyline and is situated at the epicenter of the city’s rapidly growing core, a block from the popular honky-tonks of Broadway, across the street from Bridgestone Arena and Music City Center, and adjacent to the Omni Hotel. The museum, called the “Smithsonian of country music” because of its unrivaled collection, recently unveiled a $100 million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views. In the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens. Sing Me Back Home is enhanced by several limited-engagement exhibits including Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s. The ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery offer visitors a hands-on immersion into today’s country music with artifacts from today’s country stars and a series of technology-enhanced activities that allow guests to become “Certified Country.” In addition to world class galleries, the museum has the 776-seat CMA Theater; the 213-seat Ford Theater; the Taylor Swift Education Center; and multi-purpose event rental spaces in high demand. Other historic properties of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum include the legendary letterpress operation Hatch Show Print (located inside the museum) and Historic RCA Studio B (located on famed Music Row), Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio, where landmark recordings by Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and many others were made. Since 1987, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, certifying that the museum operates according to the highest standards, manages its more than two million-item collection responsibly, and provides quality service to the public. Of the 17,500 museums nationwide, only some 1000 are accredited. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has developed multiple platforms to make its collection accessible to a wider audience. From weekly instrument demonstrations to its flagship songwriting program for schools, Words & Music, the museum offers an aggressive schedule of educational programs. The museum also operates CMF Records, a Grammy-winning re-issue label (The Complete Hank Williams and Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970);and CMF Press, a book publishing arm that releases exhibit-related books in cooperation with Vanderbilt University Press and other major trade publishing houses.”
  • 331 locals recommend
Bar
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“Awesome burger, soda and beer joint. Join the wait list through yelp so you won’t have to wait forever on busy days. Outdoor and indoor seating. ”
  • 395 locals recommend
Music Venue
“ the venue that started it all. It was the Ryman -- “the Mother Church of Country Music” -- that first started attracting names like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, and George Jones, securing Nashville’s status as the American center of country music. The Ryman remains a country music mecca, but as one of the city’s most dazzling concert-going experiences, has also hosted everyone from the Foo Fighters to Janelle Monae. Even if you don’t make it to a concert, it’s at least worth taking the time for a brief tour. Check their homepage for concerts and dates.”
  • 271 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Our best art museum, this is a nice visit if you have the time. I would check their schedule before visiting since they often have famous collections on loan from bigger museums.”
  • 242 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Classic Big name Country music stars perform and shows daily! ESPECIALLY gorgeous during Christmas! Parking can be expensive ($26) or park at the mall next door and take the $5 shuttle.”
  • 217 locals recommend
Art Museum
“FREE PARKING AND TROLLEY PICKUP! Better have your tickets ahead of time online. The only full size replica of the actual Greek Parthenon in the world. Built to commemorate the 100th birthday of Nashville but was going to be torn down after the celebration if not for.... find out why and learn fun facts when you see it for yourself at Centennial park in Downtown! ”
  • 235 locals recommend
Bar
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“Multi-level downtown venue with creative cuisine, cocktails, live music & special events plus a rooftop patio. ”
  • 253 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Historic stage and auditorium! check the show schedule for big name acts! Tours also available”
  • 208 locals recommend
Hockey Arena
“Bridgestone is a multi-purpose venue, home to the Nashville Predators and host to some of the greatest performing artists in the world. ”
  • 173 locals recommend
Bar
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“Live country bands, cold beer & fried bologna sandwiches draw fans to this prototypical honky-tonk. (Our favorite!)”
  • 304 locals recommend
Park
“Nice grassy park with Nashville's very own Parthenon, definitely check it out to see the gleaming gold statue of the goddess Athena. ”
  • 135 locals recommend
Rock Club
“This historic watering hole and a prototypical honky-tonk is across the alley from the Ryman. ”
  • 199 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Trendy hangout featuring New American cuisine, cocktails & bowling in an industrial-chic space.”
  • 298 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“Home to the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium is a multipurpose sports and entertainment venue located on the east bank of the Cumberland River across from downtown Nashville. Opened in 1999, the facility has a maximum seating capacity of over 69,000. The stadium hosts the Tennessee State Tigers and the annual Music City Bowl, a postseason college football bowl game held in December. It also serves as the main stage for large concerts during the CMA Music Festival in June. ”
  • 136 locals recommend
History Museum
“This red-brick museum displays pictures & memorabilia from the life of music icon Johnny Cash. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Garden
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“Every Saturday Live Music | 11 am – 2 pm Frist Learning Center Courtyard Drawing Room Beer Garden Activities Storytime in the Herb Garden | 10 am, 11 am, noon Family Activity | 10 am – 2 pm Beer Garden featuring lawn games and food trucks | 11 am – 4 pm Tours House and History Tour | 10 am, noon, 2 pm Gallery Talk with David Brooks | 11 am *September 21 only Walk with a Gardener | 11 am Guided Garden Tour | 1 pm Workshops September 21 | Noon – 1:30 pm The Art of Kokedama September 28 | 9:30 am – noon, 1:30 pm – 4 pm Ceramics for Beginners: Throwing on the Wheel October 5 | 10 am – noon Arranging Fall Florals October 12 | Noon Plant Propagation, Seed Selection, Budding and Grafting with Dr. Dilip Nandwani October 19 | 10 am Pick Your Own Bouquet with the Nashville Rose Society *Additional fee and online registration required. Every Sunday Live Music | 11 am – 2 pm Frist Learning Center Courtyard Beer Garden Wellness Tai Chi with the Chinese Arts Alliance | 9:30 am – 10:30 am Yoga in the Garden with Small World Yoga | 1 pm – 2 pm Tours House and History Tour | 10 am, noon, 2 pm Walk with a Gardener | 11 am Guided Garden Tour | 1 pm”
  • 203 locals recommend