The James Cowan Collection

Members: Free
Non-Members: Parthenon Admission
Permanent Exhibit at The Parthenon
In 1927, 21 crates arrived in Nashville from an anonymous donor. Three years later, upon his death, James M. Cowan was revealed as the patron who had donated his paintings to our city. The Cowan Collection is an assemblage of 63 paintings to be housed in the Parthenon. His selection of works emphasizes the landscape and seascape. The technical styles vary from the smooth almost non-brushstroke of the Neo-Classic, to the impasto and laded brush work of Impressionism. Read More

The Acropolis of Athens: The Photography of William James Stillman

Opening Saturday, July 23rd - January 14th
The Parthenon announces a return installation of The Acropolis of Athens: The Photography of William James Stillman in the West Gallery, beginning July 23.

First Folio: the Book That Gave Us Shakespeare on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library

Opening Thursday, November 10th - January 8
The Parthenon is proud to present the exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library. This nationally touring exhibit comes to Nashville courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D. C., in honor of 400 years since William Shakespeare's death. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional interactive activities.

Parthenon Symposium : Out of Africa

Thursday March 16th, at 6:00 pm
Join us for another Parthenon Symposium series. This week features Dr. Lynne Shelton of the Department of Classics and World Religions at Ohio University speaking on how Roman olive oil production created architectural innovation.