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For country music fans, this is the promised land. But that’s not all Nashville has to offer. A presidential home, replica of a Greek monument, and world-class art museum are unexpected treats for visitors to this growing city.

Things to do in Nashville

Art & Invention Gallery

When Meg McFadyen opened her Art & Invention Gallery in East Nashville 7 years ago, it was a surprise move, as the neighborhood was considered unsafe. Now her welcoming gallery, which hosts five to six shows annually, is a hub of community activity.

1106 Woodland St., TN, 615/226-2070, www.artandinvention.com
Tags: art | things to do | gallery

Belle Meade Plantation

Tour a stately Greek Revival mansion and grounds where great racehorses once roamed. Summer jazz concerts and Christmas festivities make this a popular destination year-round.

5025 Harding Rd., TN, 615-356-0501, www.bellemeadeplantation.com
Tags: historic | things to do | museum

Country Music Hall of Fame

Learn about the evolution of country music at this Downtown space-age building off Broadway, which takes visitors on an interactive tour with lyric sheets, instruments, and memorabilia of superstars from Loretta Lynn to Shania Twain.

222 Fifth Ave. S., TN, 615-416-2001, www.countrymusichalloffame.com
Tags: family | historic | things to do | museum

Estel Gallery

This sunny space on Rosa L. Parks Boulevard near the Frist shows paintings on wood by urban folk artist Harry Underwood, once a construction worker and now a breakout art star on the Nashville scene.

115 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., TN, 615-251-8997, www.estelgallery.com
Tags: art | things to do | gallery

Fannie Mae Dees Park

Situated directly across the street from the Vanderbilt campus and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital is pet-friendly Fannie Mae Dees Park – also known as Dragon Park, this oasis close to Hillsboro Village got its nickname due to its whimsical mosaic dragon sculpture designed by Chilean-born artist Pedro Silva, famous for his large-scale public works in New York City, Chicago, and Scotland.

2400 Blakemore Ave., TN, 615-862-8400, www.nashville.gov/parks
Tags: things to do | park

Plowhaus

An inventive artists’ cooperative, also features local – as in East Nashville – artists in shows with cheeky names like Value Menu and Festivus.

808 Broadway, TN, 615-349-3777, www.plowhaus.org
Tags: art | things to do | gallery

Ryman Auditorium & Museum

Ryman Auditorium has hosted some of the world’s top performers. Built in 1892, it was the Grand Ole Opry’s sole home from 1943 to 1974, when the much larger Opryland USA complex was built to house the Grand Ole Opry Show. Today, the Ryman’s stellar acoustics and rich history still make it one of Nashville’s favorite spots to hear country music stars and others in concert.

116 Fifth Avenue N., TN, 615-889-3060, www.ryman.com
Tags: historic | smart splurge | things to do | performing arts

The Arcade

Check out the first-rate galleries that have recently popped up at The Arcade, a fin de siècle–iron and glass passage modeled after the enclosed shopping galleries of Milan and Florence. Don't miss Twist, which features rotating large-scale installations and frequent concerts, and if you’re around on the first Saturday of the month, join the evening gallery crawl, when hundreds of artists and collectors flood The Arcade (and surrounding Downtown galleries).

244 5th Ave. N., TN, www.artatthearcade.com
Tags: arts and culture | things to do | gallery

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Opened in April 2001, this innovative museum – and Nashville’s art anchor – hosts everything from blockbuster traveling exhibits (Rodin, anyone?) to multimedia displays that make art come alive. Housed in a gorgeous Art Deco former post office on Broadway, the Frist is a nexus for all kinds of visual art.

919 Broadway, TN, 615-244-3340, www.fristcenter.org
Tags: family | art | things to do | museum

The Hermitage

Get a glimpse of the pre-Civil War south at this plantation that was once home to President Andrew Jackson.

Old Hickory Blvd., TN, 615-889-2941, www.thehermitage.com
Tags: historic | things to do | architecture | museum

The Parthenon

The only full-scale replica of the ancient Greek monument is itself a remnant of another time; it was built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897.

Centennial Park, TN, 615-862-8431, www.parthenon.org
Tags: family | things to do | architecture | history

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