MUSEUMS and ZOOS in Nashville, Tennessee
We've compiled a listing of children's museums, zoos, planetariums and other attractions of interest in twenty major cities across the country. Also included are the quirky and unusual, like the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles, the Dog Museum in St. Louis, and the Nashville Toy Museum! Be sure and call to confirm hours and exhibits before you go--these things change frequently, particularly at smaller museums. And go in the morning to avoid the crowds. But most of all, enjoy an enlightening experience with your kids!
Credit cards listed are: MC (Mastercard), VI (VISA), AE (American Express), DI (Diners Club), DS (Discover), CB (Carte Blanch)
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Belle Meade Plantation is 7 miles s.w. on US 70S (Harling Rd.) at 5025 Harding Rd. Allow 1 hour minimum. Guided tours Monday-Saturday 9-5, Sun 1-5, Last tour begins at 4, Closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission $$, (615) 356-0501.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, at 4 Music Square East, 1.5 blocks south of I-40 exit 209b. Allow 1 hour 30 minutes minimum. Daily 8-7, June-August; Monday-Thursday 9-5, Friday-Saturday 8-6, Sunday 8-5 in May and September-October; daily 9-5 rest of year. Closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25. Admission $$, Phone (615) 255-5333.
Cumberland Science Museum is reached via I-40 exit 210C (2nd and 4th Avenues) or off the I-65S Wedgewood exit, following signs to 800 Ridley Boulevard. Allow 1 hour minimum. Monday-Saturday 9:30-5, Sun. 12:30-5:30, June-August; Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-5, Sunday 12:30-5:30, rest of year, Admission $$, Phone (615) 862-5160. Email: email@example.com.
Hank Williams, Jr. Museum, 1524 Demon-Breun Street, 1 block south of I-40 exit 209B on Music Row, Daily 8am-9:30pm, May 15-October 31; 8-6, rest of year. Closed December 25. Admission $, Phone (615) 242-8313.
The Hermitage is 12 miles east via I-40E or I-65/24N to Old Hickory Boulevard/Hermitage exit. Allow 2 hours minimum. Daily 9-5; Closed third week of January, Thanksgiving and December 25, Admission $$, Free to all January 8 and March 15, Phone (615) 889-2941. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Valley Wax Museum of the Stars. Exit 12b off Briley Parkway to McGavock Pike West. Allow 30 minutes minimum. Daily 8am-10pm, May-September 9-5:30, rest of year. Closed Thanksgiving and December 25, Admission $, AE, DS, MC, VI, Phone (615) 883-3612.
Nashville Toy Museum, exit 12B off Briley Parkway to McGavock Pike, Allow 1 hour minimum. Daily 8am-9pm May-September; 9-5, rest of year. Admission $, Phone (615) 883-8870.
Nashville Zoo, I-24W to exit 31, then 2 miles north on US 41A to Ridge Circle Road. Allow 2 hours minimum. Daily 9-6, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; 10-5, rest of year, Admission $$, Phone (615) 370-3333. Email: email@example.com.
Tennessee State Museum, is housed in the lower level of the James K. Polk Cultural Center on Deaderick Street. Allow 1 hour minimum, Tuesday-Sat 10-5, Sunday 1-5; Closed January 1, Easter, Thanksgiving, and December 25. Admission Free, Phone (615) 741-2692.
World Famous Car Collectors Hall of Fame, 1534 Demonbreun Street. 1.5 blocks south of I-40 exit 209B, Allow 30 minimum, Daily 8am-9pm, April-October; 9-5, rest of year. Admission $, Phone (615) 255-6804.|
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