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East Tennessee History Center

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Address: 601 South Gay Street, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: 865-215-8830
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great for genealogy research

Been here many times. The museum is interesting and clean. Feels safe and quiet. I like walking through and reading about the exhibits. Gift shop is small but appropriate for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been here many times. The museum is interesting and clean. Feels safe and quiet. I like walking through and reading about the exhibits. Gift shop is small but appropriate for the venue. My favorite piece is the McClung collection. I have spent many hours researching my family's history. Very hush-hush and serious. No children. Nothing loud or intrusive. Bring minimal... More 

Thank rozzu
Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I have been visiting since we moved here 19 years ago. The themes change and new addition was very well built to match the old architecture...well done!

Thank Christine S
Blaine, Tennessee
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This is an intimate museum that provides something of interest for the whole family. It is a clean, well lit place with solid interesting exhibits. The museum also offers meetings for several historical organizations including the Civil War Round Table. They also have presentations open to the public on a frequent basis. Worth a visit.

Thank Julius F
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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214 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

If you're visiting East Tennessee for the first time, or even if you've lived here all your life, this fine museum is worth three or four hours of your time. Southern but not Confederate (for starters), East Tennesse will surprise you. Its connection to country music, moonshining, and other "hillbilly" phenomena is explored with sensitivity and perception. The gift shop... More 

Thank Porcophile
Knoxville, Tennessee
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The East Tennessee History Center is a wonderful place to visit. The Knox County Archives and the McClung Collection are basically in the same building. The Lawson McGhee Library is across the street.

Thank Linda C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This venue was used for a recent event. It was an AIDS Fundraiser, formal party. The space was just perfect and it allowed for great freedom as how to use the space. Only negative was someone on the staff deciding to turn the lights up before the party was over and they went up and down for the next half... More 

Thank 1dervol
Daphne, Alabama
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19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

I spent about 2 hours here with my parents. They have so much stuff it was almost overwhelming with the reading and we didn't even get 1/2 way through. With the amount of reading I would have preferred something on audio that I could walk around and listen while looking at all the wonderful historical items they have. They might... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

A very nice place for educational purposes. A very nice exhibit on the Holocaust. Beautiful downtown area with many restaurants, beautiful park, and Market Square. A grea t walk to the river where one can take a nice stroll by the river.

Thank Anita R
Knoxville, Tennessee
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126 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

There is a replica of an old pharmacy that is beautiful. There is a trolley car. Then you enter the exhibits. The regular part is the history of Eastern Tennessee; it starts from the settlement until current times. There is even a small section for the musical history of Knoxville---bet you didn't know that it was the original Music City.... More 

1 Thank LyleandTerry
Powell, Tennessee
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Inexpensive (Free on Sundays), informative, very very enjoyable. Amazingly broad displays from settlers to era of radio. No matter what your interest, you won;t be bored.

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