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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 #4 of 48 attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
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Petaluma, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I am not from Knoxville, TN but after visiting this museum I had a good understanding of the history and culture of the area. The presentation brings you from the very beginning of time to the present. I highly recommend a visit to this place....

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Woodbury Heights, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The history center was well organized and self-guided. There is so much history here that I knew nothing about. Very nice set-up with many interactive displays, I would budget a couple of hours to really see everything, it is worth it. I didn't know there was an East, Middle, and Western Tennessee!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I love being able to learn more about this great region, and my son enjoys exploring the exhibits, too. This is a must-see for anyone visiting, as well as anyone from the region to really understand where they live.

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Boone, North Carolina
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69 reviews 69 reviews
6 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

They have a vast array of rare resources to assist with genealogical or historical research. Free Wifi, meeting rooms, museum, excellent staff. I need to go back and plan to spend much more time.

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Columbus OH
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189 reviews 189 reviews
129 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was my first time in Knoxville so stopped by the History Center. It was well laid out, and I learned a lot about the area. Some fascinating history tidbits. The admission cost is very inexpensive. They also have a nice gift store. My only complaint is that the air conditioning was cold and I didn't have a sweater. Other... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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219 reviews 219 reviews
61 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I enjoyed about an hour of perusing all that has framed the history of East Tennessee. Chronologically laid out from the settlement of the territory, becoming a state, through wars, civil rights, developments over the decades, and up to recent times it was a fascinating insight. What was most intriguing to me (and I was not aware it was available... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Cool exhibits. Lots of very nice pieces with explanations. Went during basket exhibit... did not care for that. But enjoyed the permanent collection.

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Tennessee
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97 reviews 97 reviews
55 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

As a native East Tennessean I was pleasantly surprised by the thorough exhibits and artifacts in the museum. Well displayed.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Really cool place with different displays. I really enjoyed seeing the old corner store/ doctor remedies in the olden days. The displays were nice, easy to read, and also incorporated some interactive sections. Definitely recommend going if your into history!

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