The Parthenon

One of the fastest growing cities in the US—and one that is rapidly diversifying from its roots as the country music capital of the country—Nashville is now far more than music. Not withstanding such melodious attractions as Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry (see our blog on things to do in Nashville), one of the most celebrated event venues—and one that has deep roots in the city’s history—is the Parthenon, a replica of the famous Greek structure, and one that gave the city its nickname as the “Athens of the South.”  

Built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, Nashville’s Parthenon was only meant to be temporary.  But since then it has become a beloved attraction, housing models of the statues found in the original structure as well as an impressive art collection.  Perfect as an offsite venue for a gala dinner, your group will be impressed with the well-kept grounds, peaceful atmosphere and magnificent building. Illuminated at night, the Parthenon makes for a spectacular venue for that award dinner or a product launch.  

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.  This replica of the Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The plaster replicas of the Parthenon Marbles found in the Naos are direct casts of the original sculptures, which adorned the pediments of the Athenian Parthenon dating back to 438 B.C. The originals of these powerful fragments are housed in the British Museum in London.


The Parthenon also serves as Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19thand 20thcentury American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.

For a gala dinner in classic Greek fashion, let GMSDMC roll the red carpet for your distinguished guests at Nashville’s celebrated venue.