Top 5 Museums to Visit in Nashville, TN

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Did you know that Nashville, Tennessee was ranked one of the best 5 cities to visit in the United States this year? Besides country music, local shops and eateries, and fun downtown nightlife, Nashville has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. If you’re someone who enjoys a more laid back, cultural vacation experience, Music City can offer you just that!

Nashville, Tennessee has various museum establishments and galleries all over the city. With so many options to choose from, Tommy’s Tours has compiled a list of the top 5 museums to visit when you’re in town. Depending on your refined taste and vacation preferences, you’re bound to find something your whole family or friend group will enjoy. Finish your day of museum hopping off with a local tour of the city to really get a feel for the place so many love to call home.

Here are the top 5 museums to visit in Nashville, Tennessee:

  • The Frist Art Museum
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame
  • The Johnny Cash Museum
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
  • Musicians Hall of Fame

The Frist Art Museum

A beautiful first museum spot, and a local favorite is the Frist Art Museum! A top choice for performances, films, lectures, family events, music events and incredible art, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a must see when you’re visiting Music City. Not only will you find some of the best art in the area, visitors under 18 years of age get in free. The Frist Art Museum is a classic spot built with enough special exhibits to enthrall any tourist or local visitor.

The Country Music Hall of Fame

Music City wouldn’t be an accurate name for Nashville, Tennessee without a museum dedicated to country music. Located in the entertainment district of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame provides over 40,000 square feet of music history and so much more.

This unique museum and research center can offer any visitor the chance to learn about and enjoy the history of a strictly American musical genre. A must-see when you’re in town, this museum often includes live presentations to complement its galleries and exhibits. Cool off with a nice refreshing cocktail or beer at one of the local bars just outside this fun establishment!

The Johnny Cash Museum

Located on 3rd Ave South in Nashville, Tennessee, The Johnny Cash Museum is one more museum to add to your to-do list. A museum built to celebrate the life of Johnny Cash, features a huge collection from founder, Bill Miller. Enjoy historical documents and letters, Johnny Cash costumes and instruments, and peruse handwritten manuscripts of Cash’s last song ever written, along with interactive exhibits.

Not only can visitors enjoy a look into the life of Johnny Cash as a musician, but they can also enjoy many items from his life before he became famous. You won’t want to miss this historic taste of music city’s history.


Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

As the weather heats up down in Nashville, Tennessee, your vacation squad may want to find both indoor and outdoor adventures. The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art provides just that! With all kinds of entertainment, education and natural opportunities for the entire family to enjoy, the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens offer year-round events, amazing exhibits and more.

Throughout the property, you will find a 55-acre site that includes the Cheek Gardens, Japanese Garden, Herb Garden, Two Perennial Gardens, Water Garden, Seasons Garden, Color Garden and their Award-Winning Wild Flower Garden.

Another huge element to the Cheekwood Estate is the art exhibits. With permanent collections and various traveling exhibits, there’s always something for visitors to enjoy. The more permanent art collections include paintings, decorative art, sculptures and contemporary pieces, so many options to suit your varying tastes. The Cheekwood Garden is a great place to enjoy at any age, year round.

Musicians Hall of Fame

If you’re in the mood for another taste of Music City, the former Nashville Municipal Auditorium is now home to a music-themed museum that honors all genres. Here at the Musicians Hall of Fame, you’ll find some of the actual instruments played by a number of legendary performers. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, this music museum is not just dedicated to country music. Covering all genres from funk to R&B, the Musicians Hall of Fame is a great place to explore the history of music in Nashville, Tennessee.

If you’re ready to see all Music City has to offer, outdoor Nashville restaurants, museums and all, contact Tommy’s Tours today!

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