Historic Home and Garden Tours
Have you ever visited the Zoo and wondered what "Grassmere" means or who the Croft's were? Why are those names important to the history of Nashville Zoo? The answers to these questions can be found during a tour of the Grassmere Historic Home, located at the Historic Farm area of the Zoo.
Availability of Grassmere Historic Home tours varies by season.
- January - March 17: closed
- March 18 - 26: open daily
- March 29 - May 21: open Wednesday through Sunday
- May 24 - July 31: open daily
- August 2 - October 12: open Wednesday through Sunday plus Senior Day
- October 13 - November: closed, except for November 11-12
- December - closed, except for Christmas tours
Spend as much or as little time as you want.
Do you want to visit the Grassmere Historic Home but do not have time to take a tour? Come to an open house and roam through the house on your own. Staff will be on-hand to answer questions.
Historic Home Tour
30 minute tour
Take a step back in time to experience life in a Middle Tennessee farm home.
Learn about the five generations of family members who occupied the home when it was built in 1810 to when the land was willed, eventually becoming Nashville Zoo. See original family artifacts, learn about the farm's connection to Cuba, and learn about the outbuildings that played a vital role in the history of the property.
20 minute tour
While kids are invited to join any guided tour, these kid-friendly tours are shorter and focus on topics this age group may find interesting.
These tours will give children a glimpse into the house's history and importance, and explain how the Grassmere property became the Nashville Zoo. Tours will include peeks into the Historic Home and artifact encounters.
Farm Outbuilding Tour
Tour length varies
The Grassmere Historic Farm is much more than just the Historic Home. Learn more about how five generations lived and worked on the property.
The outbuildings on the Historic Farm each have their own story and unique purpose. Visitors are invited to visit the carriage barn, gardens, kitchen, smokehouse, slave cabin, and cemetery. Tour starts at the kitchen building.
Encounters occur once a day
Did you ever want to reach out and touch one of the artifacts inside the house? Artifact Encounters will offer visitors a chance to get up close and personal with actual artifacts and replicas from the Grassmere Historic Farm collection.