Built in the mid-1800s, Belmont Mansion served as the summer home for socialite Adelicia Acklen, a college and seminary, and a temporary army headquarters. Most visitors join a historian-guided tour of the mansion to learn more about Acklen’s life and the troubled history of the antebellum South; a self-guided audio tour is also available. To save time at the entrance, buy your admission ticket online in advance.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the restored Belmont Mansion is a must for history enthusiasts.
Design fans appreciate the Italianate villa’s collection of 19th-century furniture, glassware, and silver.
Tours last about an hour. Arrive 10 minutes before the start time to find your guide.
The first floor of the mansion is accessible to guests with limited mobility, though the upper floors aren’t.
Children, young adults, college students, and seniors receive discounted admission.
How to Get There
A short drive from downtown Nashville, Belmont Mansion is most easily reached by car. There’s a parking lot adjacent to the mansion, and street parking is widely available. The mansion sits at the corner of Acklen Avenue and Belmont Boulevard, at the northern end of the Belmont University campus.
When to Get There
Belmont Mansion is open Monday through Saturday from 9:45am to 3:30pm, and on Sunday from 10:45am to 3:30pm. For fewer crowds, go on a weekday.
Where Music Lovers Should Go in Nashville
No music lover in Nashville—aka Music City—should miss the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, about a 10-minute drive from Belmont Mansion. Prebook your ticket online, then check out the museum’s galleries and interactive exhibits. Highlights include instruments, gold records, and even costumes worn by country performers.