As the largest house museum in Nashville, we take pride in our ability to provide our guests with an interactive and informative tour. Small tour groups, no more than 15 guests, ensure each visitor the opportunity to enter every room, both large and small, and receive a truly personalized touring experience. Each tour is typically an hour in duration, however, be sure to plan a little bit of extra time to take in our extensive gift shop, which features an array of little indulgences from jewelry to artwork to Belmont Mansion merchandise.
The tour of the downstairs portion takes about 45 minutes, while the upstairs portion of the tour is about 15 minutes long. Please note the upstairs part of the tour is not wheelchair-accessible.
To begin your tour, please come to the entrance facing the interior of Belmont University’s campus. Because Belmont Mansion contains more than 10,000 square feet, it may take a moment for a tour guide to greet you at the door, so please be patient! Tours begin when you are greeted, and there is no need to schedule a tour prior to your arrival unless you are part of a group of 10 or more. If that is the case, please call (615) 460-5459 to schedule your personal tour.
The Mansion does have an alternate wheelchair-accessible entrance. Please call ahead if you need to use this entrance. A Mansion staff member will meet you and direct you to this entrance.
For large groups, groups of 65 to 200 guests, we offer an opportunity to tour Belmont Mansion open house style. The tour begins in the Grand Salon, where all guests are given a 20-minute history of the Mansion and its most famous owner, Nashville’s premier socialite, Adelicia Acklen.
The Mansion is then opened up to guests to tour at their leisure. With tour guides posted throughout the Mansion’s various rooms, guests have the opportunity to poke their heads into the rooms that most capture their interest and ask all the questions they may have.
To learn more about our tours, please visit the History page of our website or call (615) 460-5459. We look forward to meeting you at Belmont Mansion!
Special Tour Schedule
Reservations are required and must be made in advance by calling 615-460-5459.
Gardens and Historic Buildings Tour
Join historic gardening experts each Saturday for a guided tour of the vibrant gardens and extensive collection of cast iron statuary and gazebos surrounding Belmont Mansion. While meandering through the gardens from the mansion’s front steps to the iconic bell tower, guests will learn about the history of the mansion’s garden and grounds. Garden tours take place every other Saturday at 9 A.M.
Art Tour with Superstar Docent, Mancil Ezell
The name “Mancil Ezell” is quite well known among locals. Ezell’s docent tours have attracted visitors from all over Nashville and the world! This special art tour highlights many of the extraordinary pieces in Belmont Mansion’s collection. In fact, we have over 120 pieces of art including sculpture, engravings, busts, prints, and paintings. Our artwork varies in age and origin. We even have two Flemish paintings that are nearly 400 years old! We promise you won’t find Mancil’s tour a bore! We guarantee it will be lively yet information, and what a way to see yet another fascinating aspect of Belmont Mansion! Art Tours take place at 2:00 P.M. the first and third Thursday of each month at the mansion.
Mount Olivet Cemetery Tour
Mount Olivet is a 250 acre cemetery which has been in operation since 1856! It is the final resting place for many prominent Tennesseans including governors, senators, and well known business leaders. This guided tour is a bit different; we will focus on some of Nashville’s great women that have been left out of the history books. As you stop at different monuments, mausoleums, and grave stones you will hear the forgotten stories of many of Adelicia Acklen’s contemporaries. In addition, we will walk by some of the graves that make Mount Olivet so unique: the pyramid monument being one of them. The tour lasts approximately one hour.Cemetery Tours will occur every other Saturday at 9A.M. All tours take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Tours begin near the historic caretakers building. The address for Mount Olivet Cemetery is: 1101 Lebanon Pike/Nashville, TN 37210.