5th Ave of the Arts

Downtown & the Gulch

Home to several visual art galleries, Nashville’s premier art district is just a quick walk up from the honky-tonks on Broadway. This historic block is home to the Arts Company, the Rymer Gallery and Tinney Contemporary, whose collective mission is to strengthen the Nashville community of galleries and artists. These galleries are pillars of the First Saturday Art Crawl event.

The Nashville Arcade, which extends off the avenue, has more small galleries and several eating options.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Downtown & the Gulch attractions

1. Nashville Public Library – Downtown

0.14 MILES

For an excellent overview of the Civil Rights movement in Nashville, check out the Civil Rights Collection, a permanent exhibit in the 2nd-floor galleries…

2. Tennessee State Capitol

0.23 MILES

This 1845–59 Greek Revival building was built from local limestone and marble by slaves and prison inmates working alongside European artisans. Around the…

4. Johnny Cash Museum & Store

0.36 MILES

Nashville's museum dedicated to 'The Man in Black' is smallish but houses the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in…

5. Riverfront Park

0.37 MILES

This narrow park sits between downtown and the Cumberland River. Take your pooch for a romp in the dog park, have a picnic as you watch the barges from…

6. Schermerhorn Symphony Center

0.38 MILES

Fronted by six majestic pillars, this grand neoclassic concert hall was completed in 2006 at a cost of $123.5 million. It hosts the Nashville Symphony as…

7. Music City Walk of Fame Park

0.42 MILES

Glossy plaques honor songwriters and musicians who have made significant contributions to the Nashville music scene. Give a nod to Kid Rock, say howdy to…

8. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

0.45 MILES

This monumental museum, reflecting the near-biblical importance of country music to Nashville's soul, is a must-see whether you're a country music fan or…