While Nashville may seem like an odd place to see an exact replica of a famous Greek temple, The Parthenon is a well-known local landmark.
History of the Nashville Parthenon
Created for the 1897 Centennial Exposition, the Parthenon is created with plaster and boasts a replica of the 42-foot statue of Athena, pictured above, that disappeared from the original Parthenon hundreds of years ago.
Now the park surrounding it serves as a recreation grounds for locals and a fun place for families to picnic or ride bikes. Those who don’t want to pay for admission can admire the sheer size of the building and walk amongst its impressive columns.
Inside, visitors get a look at historic photographs and exhibits from the Centennial Exposition. The Statue of Athena is well worth a visit, towering over the people.
The small statue in her hand is the size of a person admiring on the ground. The museum inside also showcases work from other artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Tips for Visiting the Nashville Parthenon
The Nashville Parthenon is located at 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203. Parking is available within the park. It’s open Tuesday to Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors, and free for children under 4. If you’re taking the local bus, take the West End bus Route 5 bus to the front of Centennial Park.