CHEEKWOOD VISITOR GUIDELINES
At Cheekwood, it is our pleasure to offer year-round garden displays and world-class art exhibitions for the enjoyment and education of our visitors. So that all visitors can equally enjoy Cheekwood, we ask that you review our tips and guidelines. These are in place to ensure your safety and the safety of others so that Cheekwood can continue to retain its beauty for years to come. Welcome!
If you have any questions regarding our guidelines, please contact Cheekwood Visitor Services at 615-353-6968.
DRESS FOR COMFORT
Cheekwood has a total of 55 acres and the Museum of Art has 30,000 square feet to explore, so we encourage you to wear your best walking shoes on your visit.
YOU MAY WALK ON THE GRASS, BUT PLEASE DON’T…
Visitors are permitted on paved walkways, mulched trails and mown lawns. Please refrain from walking in garden beds and mulch beds, and climbing trees and garden structures (columns, gazebos, rock walls, statuary).
Sunbathing, swimming, wading or standing in the lakes, ponds, fountains or réservoirs is not allowed.
Athletic games, including Frisbee, football, baseball and kites, are not permitted.
Cycling is not permitted through Cheekwood grounds. Bike racks are available for use at Parking Lot A. Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, Heelys or other self-propelled items are also not permitted.
BE MINDFUL OF OUR ACCESSIBILITY
Cheekwood is an historic landscape and property with hills and uneven footing. Due to these limitations, there are several areas where wheelchairs and strollers are not accessible, including portions of the Museum of Art. Accessibility Maps are available at Visitor Services.
Shuttles are available throughout Cheekwood seasonally. Contact Visitor Services at 615-353-6968 prior to your visit for shuttle availability.
PROTECT OUR WILDLIFE
Cheekwood is home to a variety of animals and birds. For your safety and theirs, we ask that you please refrain from feeding them.
SERVICE ANIMALS ARE WELCOME
Cheekwood welcomes trained service animals. Pets are not permitted, including those left in parked cars.
TAKE IN THE ATMOSPHERE
Cheekwood is a peaceful place, so please be respectful of others. In the Museum, phones may be used for the purpose of photography, but we ask that you step outside to take calls.
CAPTURE YOUR VISIT
Photography is allowed in all locations at Cheekwood. Temporary exhibitions may limit photography privileges. Tripods and flash photography are not permitted in the Museum of Art. The use of drones and selfie sticks are prohibited in all areas.
If you are interested in a professional planned or posed video or photo shoot, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LOOK, BUT PLEASE DON’T TOUCH
Help us keep our gardens beautiful and our artwork safe. Please refrain from picking plants and flowers, and from touching the fine art, decorative art (including furniture), and exhibited objects and casework.
FOOD AND DRINK OPTIONS
Picnics are permitted in designated areas in the gardens, but food and drink are not permitted in the Museum. Fires, camp stoves, candles, tiki torches, barbecue pits or other sources of fire are strictly prohibited.
Take a lunch break at The Pineapple Room Restaurant! Enjoy Southern food in a bistro atmosphere. Call 615-352-4859 to make reservations. The restaurant is open Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm.
Alcohol can be purchased to enjoy with your meal at The Pineapple Room. Guests are not permitted to bring their own alcohol to Cheekwood.
USE OF THE MUSEUM COAT ROOM
Visitors to the Museum of Art may temporarily stow coats, umbrellas and backpacks in the Coat Room located on the ground floor. Cheekwood is not responsible for the safety or security of items stored in this area.
If you are visiting Cheekwood with a large handbag, strollers, travel luggage, packages or garment bags, we ask that you please leave these items in your vehicle as they may not be permitted in the Museum of Art.
SKETCHING IN THE MUSEUM OF ART
All visitors, including groups of art students, are permitted to sketch in the Museum of Art on paper not to exceed 12” x 18” and with lead pencils only. If individuals need to sharpen their pencils, they must use their own containers to collect the shavings.
The use of pens, colored pencils, oil paints, charcoal, watercolors or easels is not allowed in the Museum of Art. In addition, individuals who sketch in the galleries may not interfere with the flow of visitors through the galleries and are subject to further direction from Cheekwood staff and security, as necessary.
Unless being led by a docent or staff member, unauthorized lecturing is not permitted at Cheekwood. However, groups of six people or fewer are allowed to convene to discuss works of art quietly and without disturbing other visitors.
CHEEKWOOD IS A SMOKE-FREE AND WEAPON-FREE ENVIRONMENT
Use of all smoking materials, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on Cheekwood grounds. Firearms and other weapons are not permitted.