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Food Trucks in Front of the Parthenon


Food Trucks in Front of the Parthenon

Grab lunch in Centennial Park Thursday, Friday, or Saturday this week! We'll have Food Trucks set up in front of the Parthenon from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Keep up to date each week to find out which trucks will be there!

September 14 - Florinda's Cocina
September 15 - Roadhouse Grille
September 17 - Frisson Soft Serve


NFOCUS Honors Conservancy Chair Members


Read below the article in which NFocus honors Conservancy Gala honorary chairs members Clare Armistead, Ellen Martin, and Hope Stringer. They have been fundamental in helping with the preservation and restoration of Nashville Centennial Park and we are so proud that they are part of our team.

View the full article here.


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

Any interest on the architectural history of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece? Take one of these docent led architecture tours throughout the months of September and October.

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.