Nashville Public Library – Downtown

Downtown & the Gulch

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. Highlights from the movement are described on a symbolic lunch counter, which also lists the Ten Rules of Conduct for lunch-counter protesters. Several informative videos spotlight different aspects of the movement, while other special collections include artifacts from Ryman Auditorium's musical history.

Art galleries feature rotating exhibits and the tranquil courtyard garden is a pleasant place to read or use the wi-fi.

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Nearby Downtown & the Gulch attractions

1. 5th Ave of the Arts

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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…

3. Tennessee State Capitol

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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. Frist Art Museum

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A top-notch post office turned art museum and complex, hosting traveling exhibitions of everything from American folk art to Picasso, and as off-the-wall…

5. Music City Center

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Opened in 2013, this convention and events complex looks up-to-the-nanosecond modern. It hosts everything from pool-and-spa expos to auditions for The…

6. Johnny Cash Museum & Store

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7. Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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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…

8. Music City Walk of Fame Park

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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…