If there’s one thing that Nashville has no shortage of—it’s culture. Whether you’re into music, art, or history, our Midtown Nashville apartments are in close proximity to it all. Music City has so much to offer when it comes to museums and places to visit to see local artists. Residents of Elliston 23 will always have something to explore if they find themselves with downtime. Let’s take a look at some of Nashville’s favorite cultural hotspots.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
You can’t live in Nashville without some sort of appreciation of music and music history. So, when you live at our Midtown Nashville apartments, it’s a requirement to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at least once. Plus, it’s a great destination for friends and family that are visiting from out of town.
The impressive museum honors the music of artists from both the present and the past. Visitors can expect to find showcases of one-of-a-kind recordings, stage wear, and instruments from some of country’s most influential musicians. Current exhibits include a history of best-selling artists Brooks & Dunn as well as a feature showcase of new star Kasey Musgraves. Or, journey back in history to learn about Hall of Fame inductees like Gene Autry, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, and more.
If country lives in your veins, you can also rent out venue space at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for weddings and special occasions. Keep an eye on their calendar for events such as ‘Musician Spotlights,’ family programs, movies, and more. So, maybe a museum membership is in your future.
The Johnny Cash Museum
The famous Johnny Cash Museum opened in 2013 to honor the country superstar’s life and music. Visitors will have the privilege of seeing the world’s largest collection of all things Johnny Cash including memorabilia and artifacts – there is even a stone wall taken from his lake house in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Located just over 2 miles from our Midtown Nashville apartments, the 18,000-square-foot Johnny Cash Museum features multiple fascinating exhibits. Start by learning about the country artist’s early life and time in the Air Force before moving on to learn about the record label that launched his career. From there, other exhibits include Johnny Cash’s TV and movie career, as well as an entire section on how he officially became the “Man in Black” and the man that helped him create it. The globally-recognized museum also has a cafe on-site for a quick bite after your tour.
Frist Art Museum
The Frist Art Museum, just over a mile away from your doorstep at Elliston 23, is a wonderful destination for people of all ages. Opened in 2001, the museum hosts exhibitions from some of the most prestigious collections in the entire world. You’ll want to check their website regularly as their exhibits rotate and change often.
The family-friendly museum is also the home to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery where guests can learn about art by getting hands-on and making art. Fun for all ages, there are 30 interactive stations with helpful staff members to assist you to paint, make a print, or create a sculpture. This wonderful section of the Frist Art Museum is free with admission—and always free (without admission) for youth 18 and under.
The Frist Art Museum is also a great place to expand your knowledge of art by engaging in their ever-changing lectures, gallery talks, films, and adult workshops. There are also youth programs, free family days, and seasonal events. Bookmark their website to stay up-to-date on all of their happenings.
Famous Nashville Murals
Created by both local and international artists, there are gorgeous murals all around the city of Nashville. On the side of restaurants, water tanks, silos, and garage doors—they’re truly everywhere and they’re incredible. Here’s where to find just a few (of the many!) of the most well-known murals in Music City.
- “I Believe in Nashville” – Probably one of the most famous and Instagram-worthy murals in Nashville, you can find this work of art at 2702 12th Ave S. You can thank artist Adrien Saporiti for this Nashville staple.
- “Looking Pretty, Music City” – This massive and brightly colored mural is painted on the side of the clothing store Madewell. Due to its size, it’s a hard one to get in one shot, but each section is beautiful. Find this piece, made by Emily Eisenhart, at 2709 12th Ave S.
- “What Lifts You” – Some Nashville locals love it, others hate it—either way, you can’t deny the photo-op at these giant wings located at 302 11th Ave S. The artist for this mural is Kelsey Montague.
- “Jason Woodside Mural” – This mural goes by many names including “ribbon mural,” “rainbow mural,” and others. Regardless of the name, artist Jason Woodside created a bright and fun patterned piece that is great for pictures. Find it at 299 11th Ave S.
- “Google Fiber” – Google Fiber chose 5 cities across the U.S. to create murals with 13 artists—Nashville was one of those cities and Nathan Brown is the talented artist for this kaleidoscope-inspired pieces. Visit it at 1012 Woodland St.
- “Drippy Lips” – Designed by Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson, this large wall of drippy lips is one of Nashville’s newest murals and was painted by local group East Side Murals. Find it at 1814 21st Ave S.
For an extensive list of murals in Nashville, check out this list.
The best of Music City is just around the corner from our Midtown Nashville apartments
So, whether you’re trying to spend the weekend shooting photos for Instagram or expanding your knowledge about music and art, there are plenty of options near our Midtown Nashville apartments. Browse our floorplans online and schedule a tour of Elliston 23 today.