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The Parthenon

Parthenon at Dusk

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.

Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures, which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.

The Parthenon also serves as Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

We hope you will read our detailed timeline of the history of the Nashville Parthenon.

Images of Centennial Park in the Twentieth Century

Wet end postcard

2600 West End Avenue
May 28 - October 26, 2016

The Parthenon Museum is pleased to open an exhibition of 20th century images of Centennial Park. Postcards from the Ridley Wills II Collection anchor the show with pastoral scenes from the early 1900s through a late twentieth century image of the Parthenon’s west end framed against the skyscrapers of the city. Also included in the exhibit are excerpts from WNPT’s documentary, Nashville Memories, and large-format images of people enjoying the park through the years.

When the park opened in 1904, it was one of the last trolley stops on the line that ran along West End Avenue. Today it stands as a popular respite within an expanding mid-town urban cityscape. The Parthenon remains a prominent landmark in postcards that document the many alterations to gardens, paths, and lakes made to accommodate the changing needs of a vibrant, growing city.

The exhibit will remain on view through October 26.

Admission Type Cost
Members Free
Adults $6.00
Children (4-17) $4.00
Seniors (over 62) $4.00

*For Group rates, call 615-862-8431 or email
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Planning an Event?

Nashville’s Parthenon is a wonderful setting for your next event. From the soaring columns and art galleries, to the majestic statue of Athena, this is the venue your guests will rave about for years to come. If you have questions or would like to schedule a site visit, contact us at the Parthenon 615-862-8431, ext. 233 or email

Contact Us

The Parthenon
2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
615-880-2265 (fax)


Operating Hours

Tuesday–Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Closed Monday.

Call 615-862-8431 for more information.

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