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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 original Parthenon in Athens 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 the city of 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.

Why the Civil War Still Matters

Robert Hicks
April 9, 2015

Writer Robert Hicks will speak at The Parthenon at 6:00 on Thursday evening, April 9th, the 150th Anniversary of Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Hicks will speak on “Why the Civil War Still Matters” in conjunction with the Parthenon’s current exhibition, War Wounds: Paintings by Dane Carder. A reception will follow the talk.

“The sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War seems an appropriate time for us to ponder what value, if any, the war and remembrance of the war might have for the nation as we move forward,” says Hicks. From the war in 1687 which devastated the ancient Parthenon to the modern day battles world-wide, Hicks reminds us of the power struggles that spark wars and the impact of those wars, whose lingering effects echo down the centuries.

A New York Times best-selling author, Robert Hicks wrote The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. Hicks lectures nationally and works as a collector and curator.

The lecture and following reception are free, but reservations are required. Call 615-862-8434

Admission Type Cost
Members Free
Adults $7.00
Children (4-17) $5.00
Seniors (over 62) $5.00

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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 event your guests will rave about for years to come.  If you have questions or would like to schedule a site visit, please feel free to contact us at the Parthenon 615-862-8431 Ext 233. or email

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Watch for road closures due to ongoing construction in Centennial Park. Parthenon Parking Diagram


The Parthenon
2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
615-885-2265 (fax)


Current Operating Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday, 9:00am-4:30pm
Sundays 12:30 -4:30 pm

Closed Monday

Call 615-862-8431 for more information.