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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.


The Parthenon is pleased to announce a new series of educational offerings. Called The Parthenon Series: Conversations on Art and Architecture, these evening programs will incorporate a variety of formats, including panel discussions, informal conversations, food, and walking tours, as well as the more traditional lectures.

The first in the new series is a panel discussion,

Why Classical Architecture Matters, set for May 19th at 7:00 p.m. Local architects Kem Hinton, Sharon Pigott, and Manuel Zeitlin will constitute the panel, with WPLN’s Blake Farmer moderating. The panel members will each illustrate their work with a brief PowerPoint presentation and will field questions about how their careers and work reflect the classical vocabulary: do they find themselves consciously incorporating classical elements? Do they resist the classical style and find themselves deliberately avoiding it? Why? What does their work say about the importance and meaning of classical architecture in today’s world?

sponsored by the Conservancy, the discussion and following reception are free, but reservations are required. Call 615-862-8434

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
*All credit and debit card transactions carry a 2.30% convenience fee.

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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.