Nashville has so many attractions that warrant multiple visits in a year’s time.

So investing in a membership for unlimited visits and other perks like gift shop discounts, free or discounted parking, guest passes, newsletters and invitations to special member-only events can make a lot of sense.

Some attraction membership dues are even tax deductible.

Almost all of the attractions offer a variety of membership levels to choose from — everything from single-person memberships to family packages, senior levels and up to higher contributing levels. In most cases, the individual or family memberships will pay for themselves after a couple of visits.

And, of course, by joining not only are you getting to experience some of Nashville’s treasures for a full year, but you are supporting the attractions, too, which is especially needed in light of COVID-19 closings and restrictions.

Here are some attractive Middle Tennessee attraction annual membership deals:

Frist Art Museum: Children 18 and under are always free at the Frist, and a $50 individual membership entitles adults to unlimited gallery admission to all Frist exhibits and to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

Plus, you get two single-use guest passes, a 10% discount in the gift shop, discounted parking and special savings on classes and workshops. Members also receive invitations to member-only previews, tours, concerts, lectures and other events.

And now is an especially good time to buy a Frist membership because if you buy it on-site at the museum, you get a 20% discount in the gift shop that day.

The Frist Art Museum is at 919 Broadway. 615-244-3340 or

Nashville Zoo: The “Household Plus” membership is $185 and offers unlimited admission of two adults and one guest and up to six eligible children. It not only includes admission and parking but a 10% discount on concessions and retail purchases, a $1 discount on zoo admission for additional guests, and special rates for education programs and special events all year.

A real perk is the discounted admission to 170 zoos and aquariums around the country through a reciprocal program.

The Nashville Zoo is at 3777 Nolensville Pike. 615-833-1534 or

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: The $115 “family membership” includes two named adults, children in your household who are 18 and younger, plus two single-visit admission tickets for guests. Community Counts provides free general admission for people 18 and younger from Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties.

In addition to unlimited admissions to the galleries and the Taylor Swift Education Center, members can enjoy hundreds of museum programs like weekly songwriter sessions and family activities. There are discounts at the museum’s shops and presale opportunities for ticketed CMA Theater concerts.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is at 222 Rep. John Lewis Way in downtown Nashville. 615-416-2001 or

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: The “Family One and One Guest” membership includes admission for one named adult, one unnamed guest, and children or grandchildren 17 and under for $115 per year. Memberships include discounts on classes, workshops and special events, 10% off in the gift shop and invitations to member-only events and exhibit previews.

Plus there are reciprocal admissions to more than 300 botanical gardens and conservatories nationwide and more than 60 museums in the Southeast.

Cheekwood is at 1200 Forrest Park Drive. 615-356-8000 or

Adventure Science Center: The $139 “Voyager Membership” offers unlimited admission for one or two adults and all children in the household, or all grandchildren under 18. There is an option to add a caregiver for an additional $30.

Membership benefits include free or discounted reciprocal admission to 300 science centers in the United States, plus discounts on guest passes, on merchandise in the gift shop, on Sudekum Planetarium tickets, and on camps, classes and special events, as well as birthday club perks for those 18 and under.

Adventure Science Center is at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. 615-862-5160 or

Mary Hance, who has four decades of journalism experience in the Nashville area, writes a weekly Ms. Cheap column. She also appears on Thursdays on “Talk of the Town” on NewsChannel 5. Reach her at and follow her on Facebook at

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