Visiting the Nashville Parthenon during the City’s Road to Recovery
- Wear a face covering or protective mask per the Mayor’s Executive Order 7
- Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.
- Be prepared to wait outside the Parthenon, if there is a line, rain or shine.
- There will be a limited number of visitors in the Parthenon Lobby and Museum Store at one time.
- If possible, cashless transactions are preferred to cut down the risk of exchanging and spreading the virus.
- Follow the one way route inside the Parthenon.
We appreciate your compliance. These are temporary measures and intended for all our health and safety.
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.