Get a taste of Nashville history at these five cultural sites, recommended by Urbaanite’s DeAndre Holland.
As you take your entrepreneurial journey at 36|86 in Nashville this week, Urbaanite offers a few local gems to visit and widen your cultural lens. Post your discoveries along the way, and be sure to tag #urbaanite so we can follow your journey and share with our peeps.
Witness Walls (walking distance)
1 Public Square Park
Witness Walls is a commemorative sculpture celebrating the events of the Civil Rights movement that occurred in Nashville in the 1950s and 1960s. Located in Public Square Park on the west side of the Davidson County Courthouse, the monument serves as a beautiful, thoughtful opportunity for people to immerse themselves in the life-changing events that happened right on those grounds.
Frist Art Museum (5-minute drive/10-minute walk)
Housed in the 1930s-era Nashville Post Office, the building itself is a work of art. The Frist is currently showing Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection (through Sept. 2). Also on view is “Murals of North Nashville Now,” a fascinating look at the street art scene of this culturally and historically important but underserved community. To complement your Frist experience, check out an exclusive map of North Nashville murals in the new Urbaanite Nashville Guide, produced in collaboration with Norf Art Collective.
Fisk Galleries (10-minute drive)
1000 17th Ave. N.
Fisk Galleries houses a truly must-see collection that converges the city’s rich cultural past and artistic life. Housed on the campus of Fisk University, the oldest campus in Nashville and a historically black university, the galleries are currently showing “1888-Present: Fisk Faculty & Alumni Show,” with the works of artists including W.E.B. DuBois, Alicia Henry, David Driskell, and Nina Lovelace. After visiting the galleries, take a stroll around the stunning Fisk campus — and don’t miss the Fisk Memorial Chapel, built in 1892.
Tennessee State Museum (10-minute drive)
1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
The Tennessee State Museum is one of Nashville’s newest cultural attractions, offering an in-depth look into Tennessee’s past. Located at the intersection of Rosa Parks Blvd and historic Jefferson Street in North Nashville, the museum has a vibrant schedule of exhibitions. The permanent collection features “Tennessee Time Tunnel,” which combines artifacts, exhibits, and stories in an interactive experience.
Jefferson Street Sound Museum (15-minute drive)
2004 Jefferson St.
This quaint, hidden gem in North Nashville has a mission to preserve the legacy of jazz, blues, and R&B in the Music City scene. Learn about how greats from Jimi Hendrix and Little Richard to Otis Redding played on Jefferson Street, and explore history and memorabilia from the era. Times vary so make sure to give them a ring before heading out.