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Courtesy of Belmont Mansion

Key Info

1700 Acklen Ave.

Price & Hours

$15 for adults; $7 for kids 13-18; $5 for kids...
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Details

Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
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If you love history or art, slot some time for a tour of Belmont Mansion – the largest house museum in Nashville. This Italian-style villa was constructed in the 1850s for Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in the country at the time and, according to some, Nashville's own Scarlett O'Hara. Although it was originally built to be a summer home, the mansion was quite stately and was commissioned to include an art gallery, a zoo, several greenhouses and more opulent touches. A tour of the 19,000-square-foot mansion leads visitors through rooms ornately decorated with 19th-century antiques and lavish art.


Recent visitors praised the nicely preserved interior and knowledgeable docents who lead groups around the area. However, some visitors felt their guides did not spend enough time acknowledging the backbreaking work of the property's enslaved workers, who, along with European immigrant servants, built and maintained this opulent mansion. Unfortunately, many physical remnants of the enslaved people at Belmont Mansion were destroyed over the course of history, but you can still learn some information about some of the property's enslaved families on the Belmont Mansion website.  


Sitting on Belmont University's campus, a little more than 3 miles southwest of downtown Nashville, Belmont Mansion is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (However, it opens at 11 a.m. on Sundays.) Admission costs range from $16 for adults to $7 for children ages 13 through 18. Rates are reduced to $5 for kids ages 6 to 12. Guided tours of the mansion and gardens, which typically last about an hour, are also available for an added fee. Previous visitors warned that parking around the mansion is limited. To avoid dealing with a parking headache, consider using the hop-on, hop-off trolley, which stops at the mansion. For more information, consult the mansion's website.

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