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East Tennessee History Center

601 South Gay Street, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
865-215-8830
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Ranked #2 of 50 Attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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Alsip, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The history of TN set up as a timeline. Just go to the left (there wasn't a sign to show which door to go into to start the tour) Lots of memorabilia and good information. A good first stop before the Civil War driving tour.

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Sorrento, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This little museum was very informative about the early life in the Appalachian area of Tennessee. It covered various topics such as children's literature by East Tennessee authors, the Civil War era, early life of the resident Cherokee Indians, and the growth of the area through the years. If you are in the area on business, or pleasure, it is... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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233 reviews 233 reviews
65 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

At an intersection of many restaurants and hotels. this is a peaceful and quiet little park. With art work and lovely landscaping, it is a great place to stop. Whether your stop is for lunch, to read, or just take in the tribute, I would recommend a walk through (or to stay awhile). Also seems to feel safe due to... More

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Atlanta, GA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Much more history and exhibits here than I imagined. Would highly recommend, if you enjoy history. Even though I had lived in East Tennessee before I learned a lot I did not know.

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TN
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I visited today. It was a neat experience to see the different ways our area changed over time. We are both big history buffs and this was right up our alley. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A great place to visit in Knoxville. First of all, if your family is on a budget...it's free on Sunday's! Otherwise, $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors, free for children 16 and under. Open M-F: 9am-4pm, Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm Closed Sept. 1st, 2014. It's small but well organized and has special exhibits throughout the year. My kids loved it.... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very surprised, but it was interesting, really nice docents and an adorable gifts shops. Went with my daughter when she was making baskets for TV Networks as thank you gifts for Christmas. Very very nice and informative. I think, however, they forgot a few native Knoxvillians who were movers and shakers like Dave Roberts of Wendy's fame and Clayton homes.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A great place to get a feel for life in eastern Tennessee. Only had the chance to spend an hour there, but it was definitely well worth the time. Highly recommend this place to everyone.

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a very informative historical museum. The displays are excellent. We had a tour here as a part of a family reunion, and the guide we had (a college professor) gave an excellent talk on the history and genealogy of Eastern Tennessee. Many interesting artifacts are housed here, and I learned a lot about an area and culture that... More

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Petaluma, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This excellent museum deftly delineates a region rich in history with the use of handsome displays, many of them interactive. It's all there, from pioneer and Civil War days to the massive Tennessee Valley Authority, moonshining and of course country music. Conveniently located in downtown Knoxville, it's a must for visitors and enlightening for locals as well.

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