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Top Museums for Kids in Nashville

Published Jul 20, 2017 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Museums provide a wealth of historical knowledge and value for all ages... but are they all suitable or fun for our younger guests? Here are our top museum choices for kids in Nashville.

Top Museums for Kids in Nashville

In no particular order, here are our favorite museum choices for kids to learn and have fun in Music City:

Adventure Science Center

With many exhibits and demonstrations for all ages, the Adventure Science Center makes science fun. Just to name a few of their kids and teens programs, they offer planetarium shows, summer camps, sleepovers, and birthday parties.

This year, they will be closed to the public for a special Music City Solar Eclipse Festival & Viewing Party.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Dedicated to presenting high-calibre exhibits, the Frist Center is home to music, film, and visual arts displays. 

Among the family programs offered are summer art camps, the hands-on Martin Artquest Gallery, and the FristKids.org website for ad-home activities. The Frice Center Cafe also includea  kid-friendly menu. 

Admission is free for visitors under 18 years old.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

A renowned landmark, the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is much more than a beautiful view and historical experience.

The Mansion, now transformed into the current Museum of Art hosts seasonal events and permanent exhibits, as well as summer camps, school programs, and Tuesdays for Tots art classes for the younger ones.

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

A must-see for all sports fans in the area, the TSHF offers guided tours and The Champion Within Youth Outreach Program for underprivileged youth.

The displays of athletic excellence at the HOF speak for themselves.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children.

Willie Nelson and Friends Museum

The Willie Nelson and Friends Museum (and perhaps even more so, the General Store), is a landmark that can't be missed. Personal items from Willie and a host of other country stars make for a fun visit that you will have to experience first-hand.

Admission is free for children under 12 with a paid adult admission.

Cooter's Place

I may be a bit biased here, being a Dukes of Hazzard TV show fan, but Cooter's Place in Nashville is actually run by Cooter (Ben Jones) himself.  

The museum features many costumes, props and classic vehicles including the General Lee.

Admission is free. 


A replica of the Parthenon in Athens, this museum serves as a marquee art museum.  

Several educational resources are offered for parents and teachers for students of all grade levels, as some more fun activities like the Scavenger Hunt, and Quest for the Pearl activities available for download through the website before entering the museum.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Perhaps Music City's most popular tourist attraction, the Country Music Hall of Fame's famous exhibits and tours are enough to entertain visitors for hours.

Some of the youth and family programs are available are the String City puppetry show, scout programs, songwriting summer camps, and the Taylor Swift Education Center activities.

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