Whether you are in Nashville for just a few hours or a few days, you will want to place the Upper Room Chapel and Museum at the top of your “must see” list. It is sure to be the stop you will tell your friends about and the one that will linger in your memory for years to come.
The offerings found here include many interesting one-of-a-kind pieces of Christian artwork. This uniqueness makes the Upper Room Chapel and Museum Nashville’s best Christian attraction for individual tourists, church groups, students of all ages and a regular stop for tour bus companies.
Each year the Upper Room Chapel and Museum hosts more than a thousand visitors. Christians of all denominations, religious history buffs of any faith, or those who are simply interested in art and sculpture visit this remarkable tourist spot to view the nearly life-size woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and the many other interesting features of the chapel and pieces of art in the museum.
THE CHAPEL ~The Last Supper woodcarving is extraordinary. It took fifty people over fourteen months to create this most intriguing piece of art. The carving is seventeen feet wide and eight feet high. There are so many incredible details in it that it is almost difficult to take it all in with just one visit.
The chancel of the chapel is patterned after the carving, with the ceiling, tapestries, and altar table designed to reflect the setting in artist’s work. As visitors observe details of the carving and listen to the story of the Last Supper, it is not uncommon to hear how the eyes of Jesus, the central figure, appear to be looking directly at the observer.
The pulpit in the chapel has a winding stair and canopy and features of such pulpits as: City Road Church in London, made famous by John Wesley; St. George's Church in Philadelphia, PA; and St. Philip's Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where he preached when he was a missionary in Georgia.
At the back of the chapel it is difficult to take one’s eyes off a two story stained glass window called the World Christian Fellowship Window. Just like the famous woodcarving at the front of the chapel, the stain glass window is breathtaking in its beauty.
Standing twenty feet high and eight feet wide with over 9,000 pieces of glass, the window commemorates the presence of the Holy Spirit in the original upper room twenty centuries ago and depicts the work of servants of Christ who have been empowered by the Holy Spirit down through the centuries since Pentecost.
THE MUSEUM ~The museum is proud to offer several permanent collections reflecting the international, interracial, and interdenominational nature of the Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide. This world-wide known and loved devotional is published just down the hall from the Upper Room Chapel and Museum.
From November through January, you will find the exhibition called The Night of the Child, a collection of over 100 nativity scenes made from anything from papier-mâché to exquisite porcelains, carved wood and stone, to natural dried seed pods. The nativity scenes represent over 30 cultures around the world.
If visiting between the months of March through May, you will be delighted with a special Lenten and Easter collection entitled Faces of the Passion of Christ. This exhibit features 70 Ukrainian Eggs, bronze and wooden sculptures and paintings, each telling the Passion story.
One of the most astonishing surprises often experienced during a visit to the Upper Room Chapel and Museum is that in the midst of its beauty and meaningful artifacts is the distinct possibility of this being much more than just another nice tourist stop. Many visitors have shared that it was, for them, a personal spiritual experience as well.
THE GARDEN ~ If the weather the opportunity will be offered to visit the Upper Room's lovely outdoor Agape Garden. In addition to the interesting aspects of the garden is the little known fact that throughout the years Christian authors, editors and other Upper Room employees have taken blessed times of quiet respit while sitting on the garden porch. You might even find one of your favorite authors taking in the garden's peaceful beauty during your visit.
THE BOOK STORE/GIFT SHOP ~ You will want to take a look around the Upper Room Bookstore and Gift Shop before you leave. Sometimes there will be an already autographed copy of one of the Upper Room's most recently published books for sale. Even if you choose not to purchase a book or souvenier, you will leave with something in your hand as each guest is given a free issue the latest edition of the Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide.
You are sure to leave this place with a heart full of thankfulness for having taken the time to visit the best Christian Tourist Stop in Nashville.
LOCATION ~ The Upper Room Chapel is housed in the Denman Building and is considered to be a central theme to the international Upper Room headquarters. It is easily found by heading west from the Nashville’s downtown area. Its 1908 Grand Avenue location finds the chapel nestled between Nashville’s famous “Music Row” on 16th Avenue South and Vanderbilt University on 21st Avenue South.
Hours of operation are generally 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Because it is closed on certain holidays, it is always best to phone or email ahead of time. The Upper Room Chapel staff can be reached at (615) 1-877-899-2780, ext.7207, or the Chapel Director, Kathryn Kimball, will be happily respond to your email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free car, van or bus parking is offered and there is no admission charge. A modest suggested donation of $4.00 is always both welcomed and appreciated.