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The Parthenon, a replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, was built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition. 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. The Parthenon serves as the city of Nashville's art museum with permanent collection of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.
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not so great

The Parthenon is nice, but would be nicer if the little pond next to it was better taken care of, had more places for people to sit at and cars weren't in the way. It has great potential to be a place to go walk and admire, but it's lacking beauty.



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It's Greek To Me

This is the only exact size replica of the original. I was impressed with the history and the artifacts. The art gallery was the appropriate size for the building. They were in the middle of guilding their huge Athena statue which obstructed viewing. I would love to see her when they are finished.



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when was the last time you stopped by

I lived in Nashville for 4 years before I went to see the Parthenon with family visiting from out of town and was totally blown away. A must see for anyone who is interested in Greek mythology, but what surprised me most was the artwork and Nashville history that I found. Learning how the Parthenon came to be in Nashville was a real eye opener and a look into Nashville's past. Plus there are always events going on in Centennial park, that make this a cool place to hang out. Watch for an art show to appear, admission is free during the time of the show.



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love that greek mythology

i remember going to the parthenon with my eighth grade class in 1968. everything was even bigger then. imagine my delight to go with my husband and two sons thirty-three years later. we especially enjoyed the informative tours and the exploring of the greek gods and goddesses. i think my kids will probably take their kids to the parthenon someday.



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Even if you've seen the Real Thing...

It's still worth a visit for the art displays and the experience of going to a Grecian monument in the South. It's just one of those Nashville things, y'know?



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A must stop for tourists

The Parthenon is an amazing structure many Nashvillians take for granted. The Athena statue is worth price of admission.