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Nashville, TN 37203
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Arts & Museums
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a wonderful place for art lovers. The center educates visitors on art and hopes it will bring about an interest in the community on the subject. The architecture is beautiful and the interiors and decor lend the space a very upscale elite ambiance and it frequently hosts art exhibitions. At the Frist Center, there is also a fabulous gift shop, where one can purchase memorabilia and other items and an excellent cafe where one can savor some delightful dishes and sip on coffee. Admission is free for students who are 18 and below.
This obscure midtown gallery presents small sculptures, original paintings and photographs, exclusively by local artists. There are no formal showings or openings. The work moves in and out of the gallery so quickly that such events would be difficult to schedule. The displays are a bit disconnected, and there is little formal organization here. Paintings and photographs hang side by side in a haphazard manner. Sculptures and small crafted items share glass cases. The studio's eclectic layout, with a series of rooms connected by doors, perfectly accents the varied works. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon and spend a few dollars on an original piece to liven up your decor.
Amidst the recording studios and corporate offices on Music Row stands a simple Catholic chapel turned museum. Communion service is offered on Monday, but primarily it serves the non-secular spiritual needs of the community. Inside you'll find manuscripts and letters from religious leaders throughout history, as well as bibles over four centuries old, antiques of all descriptions and a replica of DaVinci's "Last Supper" that stands 17 feet tall. The latter is the only carved wooden structure of its kind in America.
Nashville has been called the “Athens of the South” because of its rich heritage of cultural and artistic diversity. Hartzler-Towner Multicultural Museum celebrates that diversity. Learn about cultures throughout the world by viewing intriguing exhibits, which display artifacts and art. You will see sculpture from Asian nations, Mexican pottery, African clothing and basketry, Chinese textiles, Native Admission is free.
The oldest print shop in America opened in 1879. For decades, Hatch Show Print was the leading poster printer for circuses, vaudeville shows and sporting events. Today, it is located in the Country Music Hall of Fame and is best known for creating images of Grand Ole Opry stars, thousands of which line the shop's walls. Modern-day artists employ the same techniques that have been used since the 15th century, including printing works on site.
Mike and Ann Borum have spent more than a decade providing Nashville's photographers with quality photo processing. Now, they display the art of photography for all to see in the upper level of their shop. Chromatics PhotoImaging features photographic works by local professionals. Rotating exhibits throughout the year feature cityscapes, celebrity shots and historic images of locations around Music City. Admission is free, and photography lovers of all ages are welcome.
Discover the stories behind the music as you view over 3,000 stage costumes, original song manuscripts and musical instruments at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Many of the personal items of music legends are on display including Elvis' solid gold Cadillac. Tour packages include a visit to the historical RCA Studio B and the Music Row walking tour. Allow at least two hours for exhibits and the tour.
The thrill of scientific discovery awaits you! Come explore over 150 interactive exhibits and programs for children and adults. View the heavens from the 40-foot Sudekum Planetarium. Climb seven interactive levels to the top of the Adventure Tower, and experience BodyQuest, an exciting tour through the human body. Special programs are offered for high school students on weekend nights.
While many galleries in the Nashville area provide a venue for local artisans, this is the only space where you will find the works of Norris Hall. Well recognized throughout middle Tennessee and the southeastern United States, Hall has been commissioned by many state organizations to design logos, caricatures and oil renditions of historic places. Other items of note are the sculptures and folk art. Many local artisans schedule showings and lectures in this small gallery.
Be intrigued by some of the best contemporary art in Nashville at this university center that features works by student, regional, and national artists in ten exhibits a year. The art is some of the least commercial one can find in Nashville. It is often eye-catching and related to various topics and themes. The display area is small but open and lends itself to eye-catching presentations that entice those passing by to stop and look. Admission: Free.
Having the largest and most comprehensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the late legend, the Johnny Cash Museum is true gem of the downtown Nashville area. The legendary country super star and entertainers life can be seen through the many photos, hand written song lyrics, costumes, awards and musical instruments lovingly displayed throughout the buildings raw brick and motor space. Catch his booming voice as he croons out "Folsom Prison Blues" in one of the many interactive displays. Whether you're a country music fan or not, a visit to this museum will leave you with a newfound respect for one of the music industry's greatest legends.
The realization of a dream is what the O Gallery Art means for artist Olga Alexeeva. Born and raised in Russia, this artist's experience and journey tells the story of many immigrants who have contributed so much to the cultural and artistic heritage of the country as a whole. Located in downtown, in the famous Nashville Arcade, this art gallery is where the ethereal world of colors, creativity, and divine inspiration materializes on canvas. As a contribution to the city's vibrant art scene, O Gallery Art presents the works of upcoming as well as established artists, and also organizes workshops for experienced painters as well as amateurs. Visit the website to find out more.