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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.

Herrin UntitledThe New Mythology: Morgan Herrin

August 28, 2015-January 3, 2016

The Parthenon is pleased to announce a new exhibit by sculptor Morgan Herrin.

Herrin creates figurative sculpture with a surrealistic twist. Using ordinary recycled, construction-grade lumber, he crafts knights, historical characters, and pieces of armor, each one seeming the last remaining vestige of a once vital civilization.

Morgan Herrin holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MFA from Ohio State University. He is on the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and is represented by ADA gallery in Richmond Virginia. Herrin received the 2015-2016 Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship Grant and is planning his next exhibition at Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2016.

The museum will host a free public opening, Friday, August 28, 2015, 6-8 p.m. Artist Morgan Herrin will be in attendance.

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 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


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