Nashville Public Library Passport FAQs

Exterior photo of the Cheekwood Mansion

Welcome to Cheekwood

We’re pleased to welcome you to Cheekwood as part of Nashville Public Library’s Community Passport Program. The passport admits up to two adults and two children to Cheekwood. Additional youth tickets may be purchased at half price. Tickets do not need to be reserved in advance, but please note that the passport does not cover admission to specially-ticketed events.

On this page you’ll find the basic information necessary to plan your visit to Cheekwood. Please take a moment to explore the rest of the Cheekwood website, chat with a representative using the dialogue box at the bottom of the page, or call 615-356-8000.

With its intact and picturesque vistas, Cheekwood is distinguished as one of the leading Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the extraordinary 1930s estate, with its 30,000 square foot Mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with period rooms and art galleries, showcasing works from its permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The property includes 13 distinct gardens, as well as a 1.5-mile woodland trail featuring monumental outdoor sculpture. Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is a three-time USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden. In 2020, the grounds were awarded a Level II National Arboretum Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum.

Photo of dogwood in bloom

An Award-Winning Botanical Garden

For more than half a century Cheekwood has been a cultural destination in Middle Tennessee as a botanical garden, a place for the exhibition and scientific study of collected plants. Cheekwood’s plant collections were started by Leslie and Mabel Cheek who had a keen interest in sourcing and planting boxwood, setting a precedent for other collections to follow.

Within its 13 distinct gardens and woodland sculpture trail, herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and trees combine with rotating seasonal displays to provide a place of striking beauty for inspiration and reflection. Today, Cheekwood’s botanical garden maintains collections of specific taxa and plant groupings including the historic boxwood, dogwood, herb, hydrangea, southeastern native, and redbud. Plants are labeled to convey both scientific and common names, family name, native origin and are even mapped using GIS software. The rich interpretation of the plant collections at Cheekwood offer guests an enhanced experience full of opportunities to engage and connect with nature on many levels.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Sunday | 9 AM – 5 PM*
Thursday Night Out | 5 PM – 9 PM**

Cheekwood is closed on Mondays, June 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

*Cheekwood opens early at 8 AM on Wednesdays for Members.
**Thursdays through October 27, 2022.

Please note that Community Passports are not allowed as entry to special events, including but not limited to the Under the Stars concert series, the Great Spring Art Hop,  Exposition of Elegance: Classic Cars at Cheekwood.

Accessibility Information

Photo of the sculpture trail

Each parking lot at Cheekwood includes reserved spaces for those with mobility challenges. Accessible restrooms are located in each building. Cheekwood’s 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 Historic Mansion & Museum. However, due to the historic nature of the institution, certain paths may be narrow, uneven, or steep, and select rooms are inaccessible by wheelchair.

Cheekwood provides complimentary manually-operated wheelchairs as a courtesy to our guests. They are available on a first come, first served basis and can be picked up at check-in.

Cheekwood does not allow cars to drive-thru campus during operating hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Cheekwood provides shuttle service to guests needing extra assistance. The shuttles cannot go through the grounds, they provide service on the main path from the ticketing office to the Historic Mansion & Museum. Please ask any Cheekwood staff member for assistance during your visit.

Cheekwood is committed to making its exhibitions, programs and services as accessible as possible, and is actively working to make its grounds and facilities user-friendly. However, due to the historic nature of much of the gardens and Mansion, some areas may present challenges to those in wheelchairs, or who have difficulty walking or climbing.

Dining Information

Photo of entrance to Cafe 29

Café 29 is located inside the Frist Learning Center Courtyard, and offers a casual, made-to-order menu including soups, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, baked goods, a children’s menu, snacks, coffee selections and alcoholic beverages.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Several benches on the grounds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, or you can bring a blanket. Glass containers and alcohol are not permitted. *Alcoholic beverages are available at Café 29 and at bar stations located throughout the gardens during seasonal festivals and special events.

Additional Information

Aerial photo of Cheekwood

Allow yourself at least two hours to see everything. Remember, Cheekwood sits on 55 acres and the Historic Mansion & Museum is 30,000 square feet!

Cheekwood is currently a cashless campus. Credit or debit cards are the only form of payment accepted. Please purchase your general admission tickets online ahead of time, or use your phone to purchase tickets on-site.

Dogs, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed on-site outside of special dog-friendly events, like Dogs & DogwoodsDog Nights of Summer, Halloween Pooch Party, and Dog Photos with Santa.

Please note that Emotional Support Animals are not considered service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA.

Prohibited Items

Martin Boxwood Garden Reflecting Pool at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

The use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited at Cheekwood. Fires, camp stoves, candles, tiki torches, barbecue pits, or other sources of fire are strictly prohibited. Firearms and other weapons are not allowed on Cheekwood property. Bicycles, scooters, and balloons are also prohibited. For additional visitor guidelines, please visit the Know Before You Go page.

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