Latest News


A Day at the Fair with the David Ewing Collection Reception and Gallery Talk


Join us on Tuesday, September 19 at the Parthenon from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for a reception and gallery talk with David Ewing. David Ewing will expound on the artifacts in A Day at the Fair and how these materials document the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the origins of Centennial Park, and the history of Nashville. Located in the Parthenon's West Gallery, the ongoing exhibit A Day at the Fair, with the David Ewing Collection, is now in its third edition with the 2017 volume showcasing over 65 artifacts that have never been displayed before. The expansion continues to give Parthenon guests a glimpse at the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition while also including an epilogue about the fair's impact on Nashville's emergence as a cultural center in the twentieth century.


Become A Parthenon Docent


Come join the Docent Training Class and give of your new knowledge to the thousands of visitors who come to the Parthenon every year. Leading group tours and talking with individual visitors is a rewarding way to share your love of art and history with students, children, and adults.

The Parthenon's next Docent Training Class beings Saturday, September 23, and is looking for people who are interested in learning more about ancient Greece, Nashville history, and American art and in sharing that knowledge with others. Classes are taught by museum staff and local scholars.

Parthenon docents, who range in age from 17 to 70, give tours to school groups and individuals, answer questions, give directions, and act as ambassadors for Nashville and the Parthenon.

For additional information, call 615-862-8431 or e-mail

September 23 1. Welcome & introduction to the docent program,
Backstage inside tour of the building and introduction of staff (Wesley Paine)
2. Introductory tour of the building, its architectural and sculptural elements,
including a tour of the exterior of the building (Wesley Paine)

September 30 1-2. Greek Sanctuaries and Architecture (Helen Sanders)

October 7 1-2. The Athenian Acropolis and the Parthenon
Brief overview of Acropolis & in-depth discussion of the Parthenon: history,
architectural refinements, sculptural elements (pediments, metopes, narrative
frieze, Athena) (Wesley Paine)

October 14 1. Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897 (Wesley Paine)
2. The post-Centennial Parthenon (Wesley Paine)

October 21 1. James M. Cowan, Collector
2. Curator’s tour of the Cowan Collection (Susan Shockley)

October 28 1-2. Looking at art and the Cowan Collection (Helen Sanders)

November 4 1. Greek mythology (Wesley Paine)
2. The Making of Athena (film)

November 11 1-2. Graduation (brunch and presentations) plus: How to be a Docent: Tour suggestions & tips, best route, schedule, calendar, expectations. Extended Q & A

Docents will prepare a short paper for presentation at graduation and are expected to join The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park.


Architecture Tours in Spetember and October

Architecture Tours in Spetember and October

The Nashville Parthenon, originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, is a replica of the historic Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Built between 447 and 438 BCE in the Age of Pericles, the Parthenon was dedicated to the city's patron deity, Athena. This magnificent temple would become the largest Doric Greek temple, although it was innovative in that it mixed the two architectural styles of Doric and Ionic.

Our architecture tours focus on the original construction of the Parthenon in Athens, including its innovative architectural techniques and elements. The tours explore the remarkable skill of the Athenians to construct their mighty temple in less than a decade and to work at a level of extraordinary precision without the benefit of modern tools. Additionally, the tours explain the 2,500 year architectural history of the Parthenon as it is set on fire, converted to a Christian church, converted to an Ottoman mosque, shattered by exploding gunpowder and looted for its stunning sculptures.

Saturday, September 2 - 10 am
Sunday, September 3 - 2 pm
Saturday, September 16 - 10 am
Sunday, September 17 - 2 pm
Saturday, October 7 - 10 am
Sunday, October 8 - 2 pm
Saturday, October 21 - 10 am
Sunday, October 22 - 2 pm

These tours are free for members of the Conservancy and free with the price of admission for non-Conservancy members.


Her Tennessee Home: Paintings by Camille Engel


Internationally awarded Nashville visual artist Camille Engel will celebrate her home state of
Tennessee with an exhibition of original contemporary realism paintings at the Parthenon from
September 9-December 31, 2017. Each painting in “Her Tennessee Home" exhibition invites
the viewer to momentarily step into her world and share in her joy of these subjects. Engel has
spent the past two and a half years researching, referencing and creating these contemporary
realism, trompe l'oeil, and encaustic paintings that present unique and surprising depictions of
state symbols such as the state beverage, cultivated and wild flowers, fruit, wild animal, insects,
butterfly, gem, reptile, fish and more.

There will be a public opening on September 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm

The exhibition will also spotlight original artworks by the 12 winners of the "Her Tennessee
Home Student Art Competition." Winning student artists, grades 1 to 12, from across Middle
Tennessee were chosen by jurists Engel, abstract expressionist Jan Batts, and abstract
expressionist and contemporary realist Sandra Vanderpool. All are members of the Nashville
Artist Guild.


Total Eclipse of the Park


Thanks to everyone who turned out for a historic eclipse viewing gathering in Centennial Park. We created a photo gallery on our Facebook page and you can view it here.