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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%
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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 6 days ago

Free, that makes it even better. Very good displays, on three levels. Not sure why they are moving as the building they are in looks pretty new, perhaps expansion? In any event, go there.

Thank RESK2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We gained our best understanding and perspective of Tennessee during our tour of this museum. It's convenient but we did not see many people going through it. It's actually has a terrific display of exhibits. Highly recommended.

Thank Bill D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much you to see and learn in this museum. Be prepared to read. Lots of items had been removed to be restored when we were there. They are moving into a new building next year, so they are doing some upkeep on...More

Thank Ashley A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The TN State Museum covers a wide range of interest for visitors both local and from out of town. You can learn a lot about Tennessee history here. It is medium-sized and very manageable in terms of time on your feet.

Thank keithhyman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located downtown nashville next to the state capitol, the museum has an expensive collection of artifacts and rendition of how Tennessee evolved into a modern dynamic state. While the musuem already suffer from its transition to its new location in 2018, it is still in...More

Thank Francois A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the native americans who originally settled her to the people who live here today, this museum takes you on an historic journey. My grandson was in love with this place and all it held. They are in process of building a new LARGE building...More

Thank Roxanna R S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Conveniently located very near the state capitol building, this well-organized summary of the state's political and social history is exceptional. Each exhibit is thoughtfully prepared so that it's of interest to both adults and kids above the age of eight or so (although the school...More

Thank DwainChicagoIL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This took 2 hours and we didn't finish. Surprising amount of information with good displays showing the history of how the state went from the inhabitants being native Americans to the early settlers, through the industrial revolution and up through the 20th century. Politicians and...More

Thank charles g
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

We had a small group of 4 adults and thoroughly enjoyed this museum. The staff was friendly and helpful. We are history buffs and spent most of the day there. They have lots of material on the early period of settlement. There are comfortable places...More

Thank Carolyn T
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Thorough coverage of many eras. Free. Perfect for a rainy day or if you need to kill some time downtown. Friendly staff. Bigger than expected.

Thank emayhem102
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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.