Cheekwood is a privately funded 55-acre (220,000 m sq) estate on the western edge of Nashville
that houses the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Formerly the residence of Nashville's Cheek family, the 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m sq) Georgian-style mansion was opened as a museum in 1960.The Nashville Museum of Art donated its permanent collections and proceeds from the sale of its building to the effort.
Cheekwood’s art collection was founded in 1959 upon the holdings of the former Nashville Museum of Art and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The core holdings include broad collections of American art; American and British decorative arts; contemporary art, especially outdoor sculpture acquired for the Woodland Sculpture Trail.
Extending across the grounds from the Museum of Art, the Botanical Garden encompasses the entire 55-acre (220,000 m sq) site with an emphasis on display, education, and study.Visitors to Cheekwood will enjoy many styles of garden design. An avenue of crape myrtles leads into the Robertson Ellis Color Garden where sweeping curves of colorful flowers border a sloping lawn with a beautiful view of the distant hills.In addition to the Museum and the Botanical Garden, Cheekwood operates a gift shop, and a restaurant called the Pineapple Room which overlooks the greenery of the elegant west lawn.