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Discover Cultural Arts in Tennessee

Whether you’re interested in theater performances or want to spend the day at the museum, you’ll find a wealth of cultural arts activities to enjoy around Tennessee. Many historic attractions and landmarks are located in Nashville but you can explore other regions of Tennessee to see Civil War era sites, legendary theaters, and hall of fame museums.

Most of the theaters around Tennessee are located in the major cities. You’ll need to head to Franklin, Nashville and Chattanooga to enjoy a live performance at some of the historic theaters that have become a legend in themselves. The Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin is one of the top performance venues in the area and hosts a variety of music and dance acts throughout the year. It’s also the place to catch movie screenings on a given night.

Other venues, like The Renaissance Center in Dickson and the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville host a wealth of events for those who love arts and culture. You can make a day trip to these cities to explore the downtown area and then enjoy a show in the evening.

There’s no shortage of music venues across Tennessee. Most people know Nashville is the hub of music and shows in the state but you can also find some music attractions and sites in smaller cities. Don’t miss the chance to watch the Grand Old Hatchery Music Show during your visit or take a tour of the Musicians Hall of Fame. You'll need at least a couple of days to explore Music city Center in Nashville, one of the most historic places in the region and adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Another historic site in Nashville is the Grand Ole Opry House, otherwise known as the Ryman Auditorium. This landmark in Music City is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and still hosts a variety of live music performances.

Art lovers will appreciate the wealth of visual arts attractions in almost all the major cities across Tennessee. You’ll need at least a few days to explore all the art galleries and art centers to see all the unique exhibits and unique creations by local, regional, and national artists. From the Fly Arts Center near downtown Shelbyville to the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, spend a day or two strolling the galleries for a showcase of different styles of artwork and collections.

Museums are another mainstay of the cultural landscape across Tennessee and provide many opportunities to learn about the history of country music, the Civil War, American artists, and the history of the State of Tennessee. You’ll find several music-related museums in downtown Nashville and these can be a valuable part of your music experience when heading to Nashville for performances and live music events.

Learn about railroad history at the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum or spend an afternoon exploring the Dukes of Hazard Museum. Tennessee is also home to notable attractions including the Johnny Cash Museum and the Tina Turner Museum.

From performing arts centers to museums, map out your itinerary with a few cultural attractions during your visit to Tennessee. Staying at a Best Western in Tennessee can put you within easy reach of several landmark attractions and legendary sites.