The best museums in Nashville in December 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Nashville, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Nashville? These are the best ones:

  1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum1

    Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a significant institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the history of country music. It honors the most notable contributors to the genre, making it a rich source of information for anyone interested in understanding the roots and evolution of country music. The museum is located in Nashville, Tennessee, a city known for its deep connection with country music.
  2. Belmont Mansion2

    Belmont Mansion

    Nashville, TN
    Belmont Mansion, also known as Acklen Hall, and originally known as Belle Monte, Belle Mont or Belmont, is a historic mansion located in Nashville, Tennessee. It was built by Joseph and Adelicia Acklen as the center of their 180-acre summer estate. The mansion is now operated as a museum and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
  3. Johnny Cash Museum3

    Johnny Cash Museum

    Nashville, TN
    Discover the world of the world-famous musician Johnny Cash. You'll learn about his life here as well as see various memorabilia.
  4. Rca Studio B4

    Rca Studio B

    Nashville, TN
    RCA Studio B, located in Nashville, United States, is a historic recording studio that was established in 1956 by the renowned record company RCA Victor. This studio played a significant role in the development of the Nashville Sound, a style of country music that gained popularity in the 1950s and 1960s.
  5. Frist Art Museum5

    Frist Art Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Frist Art Museum opened its doors in April 2001, offering approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space. The museum showcases visual art from local, state, and regional artists, in addition to hosting major U.S. and international exhibitions. This wide range of art makes the museum a diverse and engaging destination for art lovers.
  6. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum6

    Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Nashville, is a unique institution that pays tribute to musicians from all genres and who play any instrument. This inclusive approach ensures that the museum offers a broad and diverse range of exhibits, making it a fascinating destination for music lovers of all tastes.
  7. Lane Motor Museum7

    Lane Motor Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Lane Motor Museum, nestled in Nashville, Tennessee, is a unique destination for automobile enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The museum showcases a vast collection of historical automobiles from the 20th century, offering visitors a chance to step back in time and explore the evolution of automotive design and technology.
  8. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage8

    Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

    Nashville, TN
    The Hermitage is a historical museum situated in Davidson County, Tennessee, United States. It is located approximately 10 miles east of downtown Nashville. This location makes it easily accessible for tourists visiting the city and looking for a historical experience.
  9. Nashville Zoo At Grassmere9

    Nashville Zoo At Grassmere

    Nashville, TN
    The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is not just a zoo, but also a historic plantation farmhouse. It is conveniently located just 6 miles southeast of Downtown Nashville, making it easily accessible for tourists. The zoo is home to a wide variety of animals and also offers a glimpse into the history of the region.
  10. Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum10

    Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum

    Nashville, TN
    Travellers Rest, also known as Golgotha, is a historic plantation house located in Nashville, Tennessee. This former plantation holds a significant place in the history of the region. It was the home of John Overton, a prominent figure in Tennessee's political and judicial history, and a close friend of Andrew Jackson. The plantation offers a glimpse into the 18th-century agricultural, political, and military history of the area.
  11. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art11

    Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art

    Nashville, TN
    Cheekwood is a historic estate located on the western edge of Nashville, Tennessee. This 55-acre property is home to the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, a beautiful combination of nature and architecture that offers a unique experience for visitors. The estate was once the residence of the Cheek family, a prominent family in Nashville's history. Today, it serves as a botanical garden and art museum, attracting tourists from all over the world.
  12. Tennessee State Museum12

    Tennessee State Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Tennessee State Museum, located in Nashville, offers a comprehensive depiction of the history of the U.S. state of Tennessee. This large museum provides an in-depth look into the state's past, making it an ideal destination for history enthusiasts and curious tourists alike.
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    Cooter's Place

    Nashville, TN
    Nashville’s one and only Dukes of Hazzard Museum and Shop. And it is operated by ol’Cooter himself! Free admission.
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    Adventure Science Center

    Nashville, TN
    The Adventure Science Center, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a non-profit science museum primarily aimed at children. This museum offers a unique blend of education and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for families with children.
  15. Tennessee Central Railway Museum15

    Tennessee Central Railway Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Tennessee Central Railway Museum (TCRM) is a non-profit organization situated in Nashville, Tennessee. The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of rail transport in Tennessee and the central South. It is a place where visitors can learn about the history and significance of rail transport in the region.
  16. Tennessee Walking Horse Museum16

    Tennessee Walking Horse Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum, located in downtown Wartrace, Tennessee, is the only museum in the world dedicated entirely to the Tennessee Walking Horse. This unique institution offers a comprehensive look into the history, culture, and significance of this distinctive breed of horse, making it a fascinating destination for horse enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
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    National Museum of African American Music

    Nashville, TN
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    Madame Tussauds Nashville

    Nashville, TN
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    Tennessee Agricultural Museum

    Nashville, TN
    The Tennessee Agricultural Museum is located at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Brentwood, Tennessee. This museum is dedicated to the preservation and display of Tennessee's agricultural history, offering visitors a unique insight into the state's rural past.
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    Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

    Nashville, TN
    The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is a prestigious institution that recognizes and honors the contributions of athletes, teams, coaches, sports writers, and sports executives to the sports industry in the state of Tennessee. It is a place where visitors can learn about the rich sports history of Tennessee and the individuals who have made significant contributions to it.

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