If you wanted to visit the largest house museum in Tennessee, then make sure a trip to Belmont Mansion is on your family day out to do list!
If being the largest house mansion wasn't enough, Belmont Mansion is also one of the few historic homes that actually revolve around the life of a woman! If you hadn't heard the name Adelicia Acklen before your Nashville trip, then you certainly will have before you leave.
Belmont Mansion is actually the largest house that was built in Tennessee prior to the Civil War (kids, history lesson - when was the Civil War?)
Here's a tip - the house was built between 1849 and 1860 and was the home of the Acklens. The mansion is actually one of the few 1850s era structures that still surivive in Nashville, so it really is like walking back into history.
Along the self-guided tour, you can learn all about the people that lived in Belmont Mansion - both free and enslaved. Who were they? What were their daily lives like? How did their lives differ from each other? How do their lives differ from yours!?
The majority of the rooms in this Nashville historic mansion have been meticulously restored, so you won't have to use your imagination too much to feel life over 150 years ago.
The most common visit to Belmont Mansion is that of the General Admission, where you can tour the mansion at your own pace, and call on one of the stationed guards to answer any questions if you have them. If you wanted something a bit more in depth and personal, make sure you check out the range of tours available on the website.
Set GPS to Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212Get directions
$18 for General Admission. Specific tours range up to $48 pp
$6 - $8 for General Admission.
$17 for seniors and military
General admission tickets allow guests to tour at their own pace after an introduction from a tour guide in the Grand Salon. Signage in each room tells the story of the site and the residents. Tour guides stationed throughout the house are available for questions and additional information.
Average tour is 45 minutes to one hour.
There is a great museum store that you won't want to miss, especially if you want to continue the learning of the mansion long after your family day out there. They also have jewelry, accessories, gifts, books, and souvenirs reflecting the history of Belmont Mansion, Adelicia Acklen and the Victorian era.
They offer age appropriate tours of the mansion for students K-12th grade, plus travelling classrooms and online learning too!
The first floor of Belmont Mansion is wheelchair accessible. For assistance entering the Mansion, call 615-460-5459 when you arrive and a tour guide will lead you to an elevator if needed.
For those who are unable to climb the stairs to the second floor bedrooms, they have a virtual tour available in the Museum Shop.