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Nashville is the capital and the main core of the largest metropolitan area in the state of Tennessee.
The biggest factor in drawing visitors to Nashville is its association with country music. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium the District and the Johnny Cash Museum are Downtown.
Consequently, Nashville has a vibrant music and entertainment scene spanning a variety of genres. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the major performing arts center of the city. It is the home of the Nashville Repertory Theatre, the Nashville Opera, the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Nashville Ballet.
Additionally, Civil War history is important to the city of Nashville. Sites relating to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River can be seen, along with several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton plantation in Franklin, and Belmont Mansion.
Of course, Nashville has an active theatre scene and is home to several professional and community theatre companies.
There are also many arts centers and museums in Nashville, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Tennessee State Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, Fisk University’s Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries, Vanderbilt University’s Fine Art Gallery and Sarratt Gallery, and the full-scale replica of the Parthenon.
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