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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
+1 800-407-4324
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The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation with more than 60,000-sq.-ft. of permanent exhibits and a 10,000-sq.-ft. changing exhibition hall where temporary exhibits are on view. The museum's interpretive exhibits begin 15,000 years ago with prehistoric humans and continue through the early 1900s with special sections on Native American Indians, explorers, pioneers, the Antebellum age, the Civil War, and the beginning of a new century. The State Museum is open every day except Mondays, and admission is free.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
Downtown Nashville
+1 800-407-4324
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a large, free and wonderful state. Museum. It capably tells the story of this state from prehistoric times to the present. Fantastic artifacts. Not sufficiently visited so it seems never to be crowded. Easily worth 2-3 hours.

Thank jermil
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Overall we enjoyed our visit to this museum and thought it was a great attraction if you are travelling on a budget. The exhibitions were interesting and delivered a good history of Tennessee, from the first settlers, the civil war and various other events. Only...More

Thank Elyse D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the museum not expecting something so big. Spent about 6 hours there, but we like reading absolutely everything. I'd skip the first part that talks about hunters/gatherers as we found the most interesting part of the museum to be last.

Thank Nalalita
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Free, downtown and captivating even for my five year old. We'll definitely be back. We only had one hour but there's three floors worth of exhibits.

Thank seekup1982
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After climbing the hill to see the State Capital Building, I passed the Tennessee State Museum. A young family was coming out and the mom remarked, " Look at how much fun we had, and it was free!". I went in to check it out...More

Thank NancyinDerby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed this Museum so much, we came back for a full second afternoon. And still didn't get a chance to see it all! So many sections, so many interesting exhibits. Have to hand it to whoever planned this out, the truth of the actual...More

Thank tuc7k
Reviewed 13 September 2017

My boyfriend and I toured this museum. Very nice and interesting! One issue was only had restrooms on one floor, and there were 3 floors. Loved seeing all the portraits of former president Andrew Jackson. Exhibits were very tastefully done. Preserved from the past for...More

2  Thank angelathetraveler57
Reviewed 10 September 2017

I found this museum by accident. I decided to go in. I found alot of early Tennessee history. Alot about the flood of 2010 and how the city bounced back to what it is today

1  Thank Geraldjoanne
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This place is currently preparing to move to a new location in 2018, so some of the exhibits have been removed. Even with that being said, it's a great place to visit. It is FREE to get in. It's on 3 different levels and has...More

1  Thank DesertCreatures
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We spotted a sign for the museum and decided to go. It had anything you could think if. We really didn't expect much but ended up being there for over 2 hours.

1  Thank ajkmlbk
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13 March 2017|
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Response from iTRAVELwithSTYLE | Property representative |
Also, there may be parking spots available at at the Bicentennial State Park which is few blocks away. Nashville has a free bright green bus that you can pick up near there and it will take you uptown.