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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.

FLEX IT! My Body My Temple at Parthenon’s East Gallery & Centennial Park

For the summer and fall of 2014 The Parthenon Museum is collaborating with local social practice artist Adrienne Outlaw to invite other artists to come to Nashville and create a series of social practice artworks that address obesity. Social practice is a relatively new art form that involves the artist going out to interact and promote change within a community rather than working isolated in the studio to create an object. The multiple artists’ projects involved in this show will create fun and engaging ways to discuss making healthier choices and living a more active lifestyle.

FLEX IT! is comprised of eight projects by artists or artist teams who will be traveling to Nashville between the months of May through October 2014 to develop their projects and engage with the Nashville community. All these projects will culminate in an exhibition in The Parthenon Museum’s East Gallery from September 1, 2014 through January 10, 2015.

To learn more about the artists’ projects and how you might participate please visit the FLEX IT! My Body My Temple Facebook Page URL: and Blog URL:

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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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.