Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art!

Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Originally built as the home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek in 1929, Cheekwood is one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate. Since being converted into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960, Cheekwood has presented world-class art exhibitions, spectacular gardens, and a beautiful historic estate unlike anything else. Each year, Cheekwood welcomes over 250,000 annual visitors, making it one of the Nashville‘s top cultural attractions, with approximately 13,000 member households. Visitors enjoy family activities, programming for all ages, and year-round festivals celebrating the four seasons. From 150,000 blooming bulbs in the spring to one million holiday lights in the winter, there’s always something new and magnificent to see at Cheekwood.

  •  Admission:
    • Members (with membership card and photo ID): Free
    • Children (2 and under): Free
    • Youth (3 – 17): $13.00
    • Adults (18 – 64): $20.00
    • College Students (with ID): $16.00
    • Seniors (65 and up): $18.00
    • Military Personnel (with current military ID): 50% discount
    • Parking: $5.00 per vehicle
  •  Tours:
    • Public Tours:
      • Free public tours of the gardens, Museum of Art and temporary exhibits are offered to the public on Saturdays and Sundays to individuals and families. Tour availability varies by season.
    •  Botanical Garden and Arboretum Tours:
      • Explore Cheekwood’s unique botanical gardens and level IV arboretum, including colorful seasonal gardens, historic plant and tree collections, a nationally accredited dogwood collection, and The Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail. Please note that tours are generally not held during heavy rain or other inclement weather

    •  Group Tours:
      • Perfect for parties of 15 or more
      • Complimentary admission for the driver and the group leader are included in the price of the tour
      • Ideal for church groups, camps, community organizations, professional groups and clubs
      • Groups can explore Cheekwood on their own or enjoy a docent-led tour of our art exhibitions, botanical gardens and the historic Cheek Mansion
      • Self-guided: $16.00 per person
      • Guided: $22.00 per person
      • Guided Tour Opportunities include: Insider’s View, Cheekwood Highlights, Garden Reflections, Temporary Exhibitions or the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail
      • Two weeks advance notice for self-guided tours and four weeks advanced notice for guided tours is preferred but not required
      • 25% deposit when booking with final count and payment is due one week prior to the visit
    • School Groups:
      •  Cheekwood offers free admission to school groups located in Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama
      • Chaperones joining the tour will be charged a group rate of $16 per person
      • School groups may select from a variety of tours of temporary and permanent art exhibitions, botanical gardens, and the historic Cheek Mansion.
      • Tours are available Tuesday – Friday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
      • Each tour lasts approximately 60 minutes
      • Advance reservations are required
      • Teachers may be asked to present their teacher ID upon arrival
      • Guided or self-guided
      • Guided tours are typically organized around a general theme
      • Maximum Tour Size: 120 persons
      • Larger groups will be asked to come on separate days
      • Tours are designed to actively engage students in the galleries and often include both discussion and student-driven discovery
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Tuesday – Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
    • Pineapple Room Hours:
      • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Closings:
      • Memorial Day
      • June 3rd, 2017
      • Labor Day
      • Thanksgiving Day
      • Christmas Day
      • New Year’s Day
      • The Cheek Mansion is currently closed for a major restoration and will reopen on June 17th
  • Entrances & Paths:
    • Each parking lot includes reserved spaces for those with mobility challenges
    • Grounds are accessible by paved pathways throughout the gardens and leading to the museum
    • Many garden areas can be reached in a variety of ways, including stair-free options for most specialty gardens
    • Wheelchair ramps and an elevator are available at the Museum of Art
    • However, due to the historic nature of the institution, certain pathways may be narrow, uneven, or steep
    • Select rooms are completely inaccessible by wheelchair
  • Shuttle Service:
    • Cheekwood has a shuttle that runs from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and can transfer you between all of the buildings on the grounds
    • However, please note that not all areas of the grounds are accessible by shuttle
    • Simply ask any of the staff at the Visitor Services Center or Gift Shop to call the shuttle for you
  • Restrooms:
    • Accessible restrooms are located within each building
  • Wheelchairs:
    • Cheekwood provides manually operated wheelchairs as a courtesy to all of our guests
    • They are available on a first come, first served basis and can be checked-out from the Visitor Services Center
  • Dining & Shopping:
    • The Pineapple Room Restaurant:
      • Open Tuesday – Sunday (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
      • Call 615-352-4859 for reservations

      • Open for dinner for First Thursday Nights in the Gardens and Holiday LIGHTS (call for reservations)
      • For large gatherings, please see the Group Menu
      • Box Lunches can be purchased for groups of 10 or more and enjoyed at any of the picnic tables throughout the grounds
      • Pineapple Room Menu
      • Easter Sunday 2017 Specials
    • The Gift Shop:
      • Open year-round
      • Members get 10% off of all purchases
      • Located in the same building as the Pineapple Room Restaurant
      • A wide selection of books on gardening and the arts
      • Fun accessories to decorate your garden or to help it grow
      • Exceptional gifts for any special occasion including but not limited to birthdays and weddings
      • Objects to brighten and beautify your home
      • Many Nashville, Cheekwood, and specific exhibition themed items
      • MORE!!!
  • Visitor Guidelines:
    • For the safety of guests and the environment:
      • Cheekwood is a smoke-free environment
      • Certified service animals are permitted
      • Other pets are prohibited
      • Good walking shoes are recommended
      • Firearms and other weapons are prohibited
      •  Walking is only permitted on paved walkways, mulched trails, and mown lawn areas
      • There are multiple areas where wheelchairs and strollers are not accessible (Accessibility maps are available at Visitors Services)
      •  Picnics are permitted in designated areas in the gardens
      • Guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol
    • Please refrain from the following while visiting the Museum of Art:
      • Touching the fine art, decorative art (including furniture), and exhibited objects and casework
      •  Bringing food and drink into the mansion
      • Using flash photography, tripods, and selfie sticks
      • Bringing strollers into the mansion
      • Bringing large bags, purses, luggage (it is recommend that you store these items in your vehicle during your visit)
      • Taking cell phone calls (cell phones may be used for non-flash photography)
      • Unauthorized lecturing (groups of six people or fewer are allowed to convene to discuss works of art quietly without disturbing other visitors)
      • Using pens, colored pencils, oil paints, charcoal, watercolors or easels (all visitors, including groups of art students, are permitted to sketch in the Museum of Art on paper that does not exceed 12” x 18” with lead pencils only; if individuals need to sharpen their pencils, they must use their own containers to collect the shavings)
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