Nashville is known for country music, Tennessee whiskey, and hot chicken. But the city offers a wide range of cultural activities as well. The Frist Museum located in downtown Nashville is an excellent option for any art lover. Constant traveling exhibits offer something new each time you visit the music city. The Frist’s goal is to “inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways”. While I was there last week, I was lucky enough to get to see exhibitions by Van Gogh, Monet and Degas. As someone who currently lives in Chicago, having access to the Art Institute is a true blessing, but traveling exhibitions offer people all over the world the chance to view art they may never come in contact with. I am a huge Impressionist fan and so I often gravitate to the floor of the Art Institute where I can sit and view Monet’s Water Lilies. The Frist offered me another piece to my favorite collection, and it was exciting to be able to see that.
Degas’ Little Dancer was also part of the exhibit, which I have always wanted to see, as its permanent location is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in art, checking with galleries to find out what exhibits will be traveling there is a great way to see world renown pieces without having to make a trip to where they are permanently located.
Nashville also offers many small and local galleries that put-on art from around the world and feature local artists. Aside from Impressionism and traveling exhibits, Nashville also offers plenty in terms of music culture, American history, and architecture. Spend time visiting the Pantheon for a Greek experience in the heart of Nashville. Drop by the Country Music Hall of Fame to learn about Nashville’s natives who have made it big and create your own sound in many of the interactive exhibits. Take in a show at the Ryman Auditorium or the Grand Ole Opry. Visit the Hermitage, Belle Meade Plantation, or the Belmont Mansion to learn about the role Nashville has played in American history. There is truly no limit to learning about this fascinating southern city.
One great thing about traveling is that we often find the best parts of our trips were the unexpected. Of course, when traveling to Nashville I hope to hear great live music, enjoy the bright lights of Broadway Street, and indulge in some great southern cuisine, but the true treasures of Nashville often come from outside the ordinary. Next time you are in the music city stop by one of these great cultural attractions to learn more about all the pieces that make Nashville great!