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A Journey through the City’s Captivating Murals

Nashville, the heartbeat of Tennessee, is known for its rich musical history, Southern charm, and vibrant culture. However, beyond the tunes and honky-tonks, the city boasts a hidden treasure trove of artistic expression that captivates the eyes and souls of its visitors: the Nashville Murals. These captivating works of street art, scattered throughout the city, form a kaleidoscope of creativity and serve as an ever-evolving canvas that speaks to the heart of the city’s artistic spirit. In this blog, we’ll delve into the allure of Nashville’s murals and explore why travelers seeking memorable experiences should not miss the chance to uncover these hidden gems.

The Living Art Gallery of Nashville Murals

Nashville’s murals serve as a living art gallery that showcases diverse talents, styles, and messages from local and international artists alike. Each mural has its own unique story to tell, reflecting the city’s history, culture, and ever-changing identity. From bold geometric patterns to mesmerizing portraits and heartwarming messages, every mural is a masterpiece that offers a glimpse into the soul of Nashville.

Preserving the Local Culture

The city’s murals often pay homage to Nashville’s rich heritage, immortalizing legendary musicians, civil rights icons, and pivotal moments in the city’s past. 

For instance, the “Musicians Corner” mural celebrates Nashville’s musical legacy by depicting iconic musicians who have graced the city’s stages over the years, reminding travelers of the city’s status as the “Music City.”(In 2020 Brad Paisley replaced Taylor Swift in the Mural)

I Believe in Nashville Mural — After floods inundated the city in 2010, “I believe in Nashville” became the city’s slogan for rebuilding. The slogan became even more significant because it remained standing after a March 2020 tornado brought down most of the rest of the building.

VIP Nashville Mural Sightseeing Transportation by Mint Julep Experiences

Revive Mural — “Revive” is the work of Brooklyn-based artist Beau Stanton. This mural  brings attention to the waterways of Middle Tennessee.

The Kind Mural — The Kind Way is a social movement founded by South Dakota natives Rebekah Rinehart and Sarah Gail Nelson. Fittingly located on the same wall as the “HARMONY” mural, above The Kind Way’s mission is to empower the world to see what’s possible when we choose to live in harmony over ignorance and fear.

A Canvas of Social Commentary

Beyond their celebration of local culture, Nashville’s murals also serve as a powerful medium for social commentary. Artists often use these large-scale canvases to voice their thoughts on pressing social issues, such as equality, justice, and environmental concerns. 

The “Artists’ Peace Project” mural is a striking example, showcasing messages of love, unity, and harmony to inspire both locals and visitors alike.

The Joy of Discovery

One of the most rewarding aspects of exploring Nashville’s murals is the thrill of discovery. While some murals are well-known and have become popular tourist attractions, others remain hidden gems tucked away in the city’s corners, waiting to be stumbled upon. Embarking on a mural-hunting adventure encourages travelers to wander through the lesser-explored neighborhoods and interact with the local community, providing an authentic and immersive experience.

We like to save the beloved murals for our Nashville Murals Tour, but here are a few we just can’t help but share!

For the Gram Mural — Chris Tidwell is known around Nashville for his pop-art style. His murals titled “For The Gram” which depict an Instagram like. It can be found throughout Nashville. The first in the series was painted on the side of Franklin Juice Company in 12 South.

Just a few Gents Mural — The mural  is hidden away down an alleyway in 12 South, and often passed by pedestrians walking the popular 12 South neighborhood. It’s the work of painter and illustrator Jared Freihofer whose specialty is  in mixed media portraits.

12 South Flowers Mural Little is known about the origin or story of this flower mural, and we think that it’s a pretty cool one!


Mural Sightseeing Tip(s):

  • The earlier the better. 
  • Golden hour is perfection
  • Wear bold colors so not to blend into the murals
  • Visit during the cooler months to keep makeup looking pristine

The Intersection of Art and Music

Nashville’s murals not only celebrate the city’s music heritage but also often blend art and music seamlessly. Some murals incorporate musical elements, such as notes, instruments, and song lyrics, adding an extra layer of depth and intrigue to the artwork. For music enthusiasts, this unique amalgamation of art and music creates an unmissable opportunity to connect with the city’s soul on a deeper level.

girls in front of Dolly mural in Nashville

Make Music Not War Nashville Mural

A Colorful Backdrop for Unforgettable Memories

In this age of social media, Nashville’s murals have become sought-after photo spots for travelers seeking to capture their adventures in the city. Each mural provides a striking backdrop for travelers’ photos, ensuring that every memory is infused with vibrant colors and artistic flair. The “I Believe in Nashville” mural has become a symbol of the city’s unity and a must-visit spot for every traveler’s Instagram feed.

Supporting Local Artists and Communities

By exploring Nashville’s murals, travelers contribute to the local art scene and support the livelihoods of talented artists. Many murals are commissioned projects that help sustain the careers of these artists, allowing them to continue beautifying the city and inspiring future generations.


bachelorette group visiting draper james on nashville mural tour

Exploring Nashville’s Murals 

When it comes to exploring Nashville’s vibrant street art scene, savvy travelers know that leaving the planning and logistics to knowledgeable local guides can transform the experience from ordinary to extraordinary. That’s where Mint Julep Experiences steps in, offering a guided Murals Tour that immerses you in the soul-stirring world of Nashville’s murals while taking care of all the details.

With Mint Julep Experiences, guests have the freedom to choose between morning and afternoon departures, ensuring that the tour fits seamlessly into their Nashville itinerary. Once you embark on this artistic adventure, you’ll be taken on a carefully curated route that spans both popular and under-the-radar murals, uncovering the full spectrum of artistic expression that Nashville has to offer. Each mural has a story to tell, and with a knowledgeable local guide by your side, you’ll gain fascinating insights into the city’s artistic history and culture.

As you travel through Nashville’s colorful streets, the tour takes a delightful turn with a visit to the famous Nashville rooftops. Here, you can relax and unwind with a refreshing mimosa or margarita in hand, perfectly complemented by delectable bites that celebrate the city’s culinary prowess. With the warm embrace of Southern hospitality, you’ll find yourself in the company of fellow art enthusiasts, forging connections and sharing unforgettable moments amidst the mesmerizing cityscape.

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Let the artistic spirit of the city envelop you as you discover hidden gems, soak in the harmonious blend of art and music, and create unforgettable memories against vibrant backdrops. 

Nashville’s murals form a captivating tapestry of art, culture, and expression that elevates the city’s charm to new heights. As leisure travelers seeking bespoke experiences, immersing yourself in Nashville’s vibrant street art scene offers a unique and enriching adventure. From the celebration of local culture to the thought-provoking social commentary, each mural carries a story waiting to be unraveled by those with a discerning eye and an appreciation for artistic ingenuity. 

So, when you plan your next journey to Nashville, don’t forget to set aside time to embark on this mural-hunting quest — an experience that will leave you with lasting memories of the city’s boundless creativity and soul-stirring beauty.