Built in the 1850s by Adelicia Acklen, then one of the wealthiest women in the country, this Italianate villa is the city's most elegant historic home open to the public, and its grand salon is one of the most elaborately decorated rooms in any antebellum home in Tennessee. Belmont Mansion was originally built as a summer home, yet no expense was spared in its construction. On your tour of the mansion, you'll see rooms filled with period antiques, artwork, and marble statues.

New updates include the restoration of the master bedroom suite, which has never been open to the public. Tentatively scheduled to open by the end of 2010, the suite will be the mansion's most elaborate, with original furniture and wallpaper, featuring a French scenic of Telemachus on the island of Calypso. This museum also has an excellent gift shop full of reproduction period pieces. Allow at least 90 minutes to tour the mansion.