Nashville Museums & exhibitions

Our most recommended Nashville Museums & exhibitions

Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

1. Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After entering through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, head into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Explore an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions, chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walkthrough of the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. Upgrade to the Hatch Experience to go behind the scenes at Hatch Show Print. Learn all about the history of this iconic letterpress poster shop. Listen to the presses run, and see 150 years worth of brilliantly colored posters printed for your favorite entertainers. Handle the tools of the trade to print your own keepsake poster!

Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

2. Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

Visit Nashville's newest musical destination, the National Museum of African American Music. Experience interactive and immersive exhibits and learn the history and cultural impact behind your favorite artists. Explore the 56,000-square-foot facility, which is the only museum dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles.  Learn about the music that was created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop. Discover artifacts, objects, memorabilia, clothing, and state-of-the-art technology. Each gallery is designed to share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history. Hear the story of how a distinct group of people used their artistry to impact and change the world.

Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

3. Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

Step back in time to share the room with your favorite musicians and go behind the scenes of the most famous recording sessions in country music history. Check in at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and be assigned your tour time of RCA Studio B. Hop on a bus there with your guide, then learn about Dolly's "first big break", a fateful Christmas recording session with Elvis, and much more. Stand in the room and feel the magic as famous songs pump through the speakers. After your guided tour of the studio, hop back on the bus to return to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you can explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music on a self-guided tour. Enter through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, before heading into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Discover an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walk through the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. The whole family will come away with a new-found interest and respect in the artistry of the famous musicians that make Nashville famous.

Nashville: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Grounds Pass

4. Nashville: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Grounds Pass

Spend the day exploring the Hermitage, originally the home of past United States President Andrew Jackson. With the grounds pass, explore all the 1,120 acres of one of the top historic sites in Tennessee and one of the largest, most preserved and most visited presidential homes in the U.S. Marvel at the iconic 19th-century home that has been restored to how it originally looked in 1837, making it one of the most accurately preserved presidential residences in the United States. See where Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, lived with his wife and family. Stop at the Andrew Jackson Center, where a film is shown, as well as where the museum and exhibits are located. Take advantage of the included audio tour, which can be accessed on any mobile device as you walk the property. Imagine what the president’s daily life was like as you visit the garden, slave quarters, historical markers, wildlife, hiking trail, historic buildings and the graves of Andrew Jackson and his family. Later, stop at Natchez Hills Winery and enjoy a discounted wine tasting at Natchez Hills Winery and find the perfect souvenir at the Museum Store.

Nashville: 2-hour Trolley Sightseeing Tour by Night

5. Nashville: 2-hour Trolley Sightseeing Tour by Night

Hop on board a traditional trolley for a 2-hour guided tour of the city. Follow a carefully-curated route that gets you the best views of Nashville at night, as the guide narrates the landmarks and highlights you pass. Along the way you will stop to have time for photos at a series of locations throughout the city: see Nashville’s distinctive skyline, then take in The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens that was built for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Continue to the Tennessee State Capitol Building, beautifully illuminated after dark. Stop for photos at the Bicentennial Mall, a landmark with dramatic city views. Make your way down Broadway, where the country music scene is going full swing after dark, then return to the Riverfront train station, where this tour concludes.

Nashville: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

6. Nashville: Madame Tussauds Admission Ticket

Step into the spotlight at Madame Tussauds Nashville at Opry Mills, the home of famous fun in Nashville. Get up close and personal with several lifelike wax figures of your favorite celebrities. Madame Tussauds Nashville is the world-famous wax attraction focusing on the musical icons that have woven the fabric of American Music.  See and hear the music as you make your way through the 1950's neighborhood where families are gathered around their radio in the comfort of their homes listening to the Grand Ole Opry live from the famous WSM tower. Become a part of history as you step into the room with the legendary quartet during the recording of an impromptu jam session in the Mid-1950s in southwest Tennessee.  The Bluebird Cafe is the most iconic live music venue in Nashville and the setting for famous encounters between Rayna James and Deacon Claybourne on the CMT hit TV series, Nashville. Join Rayna and Deacon in front of the famous setting and be witness to this love story in person. Choose to upgrade your experience with one of the following optional activities at Opry Mills Shopping Mall. Take part in a wine tasting session at the Amber Falls Winery & Cellars Nashville, where you will try 5 of their award-winning wines. Alternatively head to the iconic Hard Rock Cafe in the heart of Nashville's Historic District for a delicious meal surrounded by legendary rock and roll memorabilia. The "Acoustic Meal" includes a 2-course meal with a drink.

From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

7. From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

Experience the legendary character of Memphis, Tennessee, and see why this city is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth. Located on the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the capitol of Blues and home to some of the best BBQ around. Celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a visit to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy a VIP access pass at Graceland complete with a souvenir lanyard. You’ll see the burial site of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, walk through the Elvis car museum and see two deluxe airplanes that were used for tours and traveling. Next, you’re off to learn what accident set Rock ‘n’ Roll in motion at Sam Phillips’ famed Sun Studios in the heart of downtown Memphis. Take a guided tour to see what the recording process used to be like. Hear the stories of how many legends got their start here, such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and the King himself, Elvis Presley. See the famous Peabody ducks make their way down the red carpet from their fountain to the elevator as they head to bed at the lavish Peabody Hotel.

Nashville: Sightseeing Day Pass

8. Nashville: Sightseeing Day Pass

Discover Nashville with the Sightseeing Day Pass, and enjoy access to over 20 destinations, museums, and tours. Tailor your pass to fit your itinerary, with 1, 2, or 3-day options. Benefit from full admission to the attractions that interest you most, and no fixed start date.  Get a glimpse of the past at the Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum, the Cheekwood Estate and Botanical Gardens, or the Andrew Jackson Hermitage. Coast through downton on a golf cart tour, or grab a selfie in front of local landmarks along the iRide Music City Snapshot Segway Tour. Celebrate local food and music culture, as you save up to 50% on visitation costs.   Attractions and Tours:   Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum Gray Line Music City Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour Belle Meade Mansion Tour Lotz House Tour and Cellar Tour iRide Nashville - Music City Snapshot Segway Tour Monster Truck 2-Hour Tour of Nashville Cheekwood Estate and Gardens African American History Tour Big Willie's Downtown Nashville Paddleboard Tour Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Madame Tussauds Nashville Belle Meade Guided Segway Tour Crawl of Fame drinking game Golf Cart Tour of Nashville for 1.5 hours The Escape Game at 3rd Avenue North, Iris Drive & Opry Mills Drive Ryman Auditorium Self Guided Tour Scavenger Hunts - Nashville Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Hatch Show Print Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Studio B Combo ticket

Nashville: Sightseeing Flex Pass

9. Nashville: Sightseeing Flex Pass

The Sightseeing Flex Pass is the easiest way to see the best of Nashville and enjoy big savings. Select 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions, and take advantage of free admission to the experiences that interest you the most. Save up to 50% on visitation costs, with over 20 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from.   Indulge in classic American cuisine, taste the perfectly aged Tennessee-style whiskey, and dance to the pulse of the Music City. Celebrate centuries of music, food, and culture. Access historical monuments, explore fascinating museums, and discover the city through immersive tours.   Attractions and Tours:   Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum Gray Line Music City Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour Belle Meade Mansion Tour Lotz House Tour and Cellar Tour iRide Nashville - Music City Snapshot Segway Tour Monster Truck 2-Hour Tour of Nashville Cheekwood Estate and Gardens African American History Tour Big Willie's Downtown Nashville Paddleboard Tour Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Madame Tussauds Nashville Belle Meade Guided Segway Tour Crawl of Fame drinking game Golf Cart Tour of Nashville for 1.5 hours The Escape Game - 3rd Avenue North, Iris Drive & Opry Mills Drive Historic Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Hatch Show Print Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Studio B Combo ticket Ryman Auditorium - Self Guided Tour Scavenger Hunts - Nashville Complete list of attractions can be found on the following link: https://www.sightseeingpass.com/en/nashville/flex-pass/attraction-list/ota

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What people are saying about Nashville

Wonderful exhibit of Country Music history to today's top stars. Studio B tour is a must see. exceptional guided tour. Fantastic experience!

There is a lot to see. Make sure you allow enough time. We were there 2-1/2 hours but could have stayed longer.

It was much more than we expected. Everyone needs too go there when visiting Nashville.

Loved it all!! We were there 3 1/2 hours. Be sure to eat at Bajo Sexto. Delicious!!

Great information and fun, knowledgeable driver/guide