Museums in La Vergne

$17 for Admission for Two – Including "The Legends of Sun Records" – at The Johnny Cash Museum ($30 Value)

The Johnny Cash Museum

Nashville

$30 $17

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New exhibit at acclaimed museum details the Man in Black's connections to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the rest of the Sun Records roster

One Photo Package with General Lee or $10 for $20 Worth of Merchandise at Cooter's Place

Cooter's Place

Nashville

$20 $10

At this Dukes of Hazzard museum, take photos with the Dodge Charger driven by Bo and Luke or purchase souvenirs like hats or beer cozies

$30 for a Visit to The Carter House, Carnton Plantation, and Lotz House Museum ($40 Value)

The Carter House, Carnton Plantation, and Lotz House Museum

Multiple Locations

$40 $30

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Visitors learn about the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin at three historical sites, including a museum with antiques and fine art

Visit for Two Adults or Family of Four to Lotz House Museum (50% Off)

Lotz House Museum

Franklin

$30 $15

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Relive the tribulations of the Lotz family in late November 1864, when they weathered the bloody battle of Franklin

Admission for Two or Four or Family Admission for Two Adults and Two Kids to Historic Rock Castle (Up to 50% Off)

Historic Rock Castle

Hendersonville

$14 $8

The oldest building in Middle Tennessee, the Historic Rock Castle now houses numerous authentic period items, from quills to china

Family Membership for Up to Eight or Admission for Two or Four to Historic Railpark & Train Museum (Up to 53% Off)

Historic Railpark & Train Museum

Bowling Green

$75 $35

Self-guided or guided tours take you through railroad history with stops at restored train cars, exhibits, and a model train set

Two or Four Admissions or Individual or Family Membership at Bessie Smith Cultural Center (Up to 50% Off)

Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Downtown Chattanooga

$14 $7

Museum and performance hall named for blues legend Bessie Smith hosts educational exhibits and artistic events

Two or Four Adult Admissions to Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center (Up to 43% Off)

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Lookout Valley - Lookout Mountain

$20 $12

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Visitors explore 317 acres of forests and fields that are home to more than 50 native animal species, including endangered red wolves

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A log cabin sits huddled in the woods as breezes sway rolling grasses and flowerbeds across the 1,120 acres that surround it. A Federal-style mansion stands tall against the sky, its columns flanking a towering front door and presidential balcony. Carrying on a 200-year tradition, The Hermitage tells the story of the presidential family, its plantation's slave population, and the atmosphere of the time through 32 historic buildings and more than a dozen archaeological sites.

The mansion and visitor center boast 3,000 original objects and 800,000 archaeological artifacts on display, as well as 1,200 printed items, 3,000 photographs, and 800 manuscripts bearing the president's original handwriting and cappuccino stains. The mansion's Greek-revival woodwork and mantels frame original wallpaper, and glass cases hold Andrew Jackson's authentic glasses, slippers, top hats, swords, and canes. Inside the visitor center, the Jacksons' actual private carriage guards a hallway leading to collections of artifacts from the plantation's slave families and communities. Most items in the collections were purchased directly from the Jackson family, though many artifacts were uncovered in the late 1800s by the historic Ladies' Hermitage Association when they broke ground for a new Olympic-sized swimming pool.

On the outdoor grounds, trained guides usher visitors to the first Hermitage, a log cabin where the Jackson family lived while the mansion was being built, and Alfred's Cabin, the preserved 1840s quarters of the former groundskeeper. In the garden, winding trails take visitors past period plants and the Grecian-style tombs of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. The rest of The Hermitage's grounds contain a network of winding walking trails, as well as grassy areas and cabins where museum staffers host events, weddings, and birthday parties. Across the grounds, interpreters in authentic period dress direct visitors to the sites of historic events and often train grade-school students to do the same through the center's special school programs.

4580 Rachels Ln
Hermitage,
TN
US

When visitors walk between the 1853 Greek-revival mansion’s six solid-cut stone pillars, onto the portico, and through the heavy wood door, they might tour the rooms or learn to cook in its original kitchen. Originally founded by John Harding in 1807 for thoroughbred-horse breeding, the rolling grounds of Belle Meade Plantation now welcome seasonal tours and events ranging from book signings to art shows. Knowledgeable guides in period costumes lead tour groups through the building’s parlors and bedrooms and down a long central hallway to ascend the three floors via a circular cherry-wood staircase.

As groups wander the mansion and cross the grounds, guides divulge facts about famous visitors, such as President Cleveland and General Ulysses S. Grant, including the fact that they probably got scared of the dark just like normal people. During special tours, the staff demonstrates Southern cooking techniques and walks visitors through an herb garden or serves them lemonade or hot wassail with desserts. In an on-grounds winery, winemakers hold tastings of red and white varietals made from Tennessee grapes. Visitors can also clink wineglasses over Southern-style cuisine at the Harding House restaurant, located on the plantation grounds.

5025 Harding Pike
Nashville,
TN
US

Operated by the nonprofit Country Music Foundation, this monument to the genre’s local and international history honors inductees—including the inaugural trio of Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Fred Rose—with bronze plaques in a vast rotunda. The core permanent exhibit, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, traces country from its pre-commercial roots in the 19th century to its current place in the entertainment industry with hallmarks such as photos, original recordings, and 10-gallon hats still filled with whiskey. On the packed event calendar, a quarterly Poets and Prophets series honors legendary songwriters, and weekly instrument demonstrations reveal artists' deft finger work. At the onsite Frist Library and Archive, patrons can explore more than four decades of historical media, from fan-club newsletters to Johnny Cash's amateur photographs of dogs dressed in striped prison jumpsuits.

222 5th Ave S
Nashville,
TN
US

Founded as the Union Gospel Tabernacle by steamboat captain Thomas Ryman after an angel got trapped in his smokestack, the Ryman Auditorium has since become a different kind of hallowed ground, lovingly referred to as the "mother church of country music." The Grand Ole Opry and The Johnny Cash Show have both taken residence among its wooden pews, and the twanged voices of country legends such as Hank Williams and Patsy Cline have reverberated off the stenciled artwork on the face of the balcony. Today, the venue plays host to a variety of acts, from rock concerts to television specials to comedy shows.

116 5th Ave
Nashville,
TN
US

"Chances are, your Nashville guidebook won?t mention this hidden gem..." says Forbes about The Johnny Cash Museum, which only opened in May of 2013, "but it feels like it?s been here forever, with the kind of authenticity that has to be earned." The museum represents an immense labor of love by owner Bill Miller, who considers it an honor to have been a lifelong fan and friend of one of America's most iconic singer-songwriters.

Miller's admiration for The Man in Black adds a warm touch to the museum's memorabilia, which details both the musician's life and illustrious career. Visitors can view such artifacts as Cash's handwritten lyrics to "I Walk the Line," his original 1959 Gibson J-200 guitar, and the suit that he wore when he performed "Hot Cross Buns" for former President and First Lady Nixon at the White House in 1971. More personal items, including love letters between Cash and his wives, are also on display. This rare look into the world of a cultural legend landed the museum on National Geographic's list of Pitch-Perfect Museums, and earned it an AAA Gem rating?an honor only bestowed upon six Nashville attractions.

119 3rd Ave
Nashville,
TN
US

From country to rock, the Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum celebrates the achievements of musicians from virtually every decade since the golden era of studio recording, starting in the 1950's and from every corner of the country. Each section of the over 20,000-square-foot museum exhibit space focuses on an important city in the history of American music (including Detroit, Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Memphis, and, of course, Nashville) and explores each area's contributions.

Rare and must-see artifacts are everywhere, including one of Jimi Hendrix's guitars, the drums that session musician Hal Blaine used to record with The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra, and the bass used on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." Most importantly, the Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum is a testament to the musicians themselves, regularly inducting icons from Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Glen Campbell to Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Barbara Mandrell, and Charlie Daniels.

301 6th Ave S
Nashville,
TN
US