A Day at the Fair with the David Ewing Collection
In an era when travel was limited, world's fairs and similar expositions brought the world to people where they lived. The state of Tennessee chose to celebrate its one-hundredth birthday in 1897 with an exposition whose mission was both economic and cultural and which was designed to help heal the deep wounds left by the Civil War. Today the grounds of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition remain as one of Nashville's most beloved parks, home to the Parthenon which was built as the Exposition's Palace of Fine Arts.
In 2011, historian and collector David Ewing, a ninth generation Nashvillian, first loaned his extensive collection of objects related to the Tennessee Centennial Exposition to the Parthenon Museum to share his fascination with the fair and inspire similar interest in others. The resulting exhibit, A Day at the Fair, is now in its third edition, updated with over 65 artifacts on display for the first time. While continuing to give modern-day travelers a feel for what it must have been like to visit the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the exhibit is expanded with an epilogue about the fair's impact on Nashville's emergence as a cultural center in the twentieth century.
The Parthenon invites you to A Day at the Fair with the David Ewing Collection. The exhibit will open on Tuesday, July 4th, from 10am to 2pm and will remain in the Parthenon's West Gallery through January 27, 2018.
Architecture Tours in July and August
Any interest on the architectural history of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece? Take one of these docent lead architecture tours throughout the months of July and August.
Saturday, July 1 - 10 am
Sunday, July 2 - 2 pm
Saturday, July 15 - 10 am
Sunday, July 16 - 2 pm
Saturday, August 5 - 10 am
Sunday, August 6 - 2 pm
Saturday, August 19 - 10 am
Sunday, August 20 - 2 pm
These tours are free for members of the Conservancy and free with the price of admission for non-Conservancy members.
Become A Monthly (or Even Weekly!) Donor
Just a few dollars a month goes a long way and helps support The Conservancy provide important programs and services. Make a sustained commitment while reducing resource use by joining our recurring automatic giving program. Enjoy the tremendous satisfaction of being a steward of Nashville's two iconic jewels - the Parthenon and Centennial Park. You can also choose to join our capital campaign for Centennial Park - your giving catalyzes the revitalization of Nashville's "central" park and ensures that our park will be an urban green space for all generations to enjoy.
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Parthenon is a Blue Star Museum
This summer, the Parthenon is a Blue Star Museum! The Parthenon, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, will offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.
Also, in conjunction with the Blue Star Museum program, The Conservancy will offer 50% off all memberships for all active duty and retired military personnel. Members of The Conservancy receive free admission to the Parthenon for a full year, discounts at the Gift Shop, and subscriptions to both our monthly eNews and quarterly newsletters.