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East Tennessee History Center

Address: 601 South Gay Street, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: 865-215-8830
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Ranked #4 of 40 Attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Type: History Museums, Cultural
Hours:
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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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Excellent displays- interactive, sounds, authentic; interesting history of Knoxville and east TN that you wouldn't find elsewhere; great art and guides! Hidden gem of Knoxville.

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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

One of my favorite places in Knoxville! I love the McClung Collection on the 3rd floor and can spend hours there reading! The workshops are excellent! I've been to various workshops hosted by George Switzer and he is awesome!! If you love history, and not just local history, take a few hours and visit. The staff is very knowledgeable also!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This museum is terrific. There are lecture schedule regularly which are very well done. There is a permanent exhibit in the museum on going. And a special exhibit on a rotating basis. With every visit, I find it to be extremely worthwhile. And to note, admission is free, as of now, on Sundays.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I would definitely go on Sunday when it's free, but if you're a history buff, it may be worth the money to you! Also, the staff is friendly and the gift shop makes you feel like you time-traveled to the 1800's!

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
44 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I have been coming to the ETHC for years! They have exhibits ranging from the Battle of Knoxville to Dolly Parton. They have a cabin in the middle of the museum and you really get a feel for East Tennessee. Also they have a room for traveling exhibits and it is alway interesting what they put in it. The staff... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you are looking at the history of not only Knoxville but all of east Tennessee the History Center is a wealth of resources. I found they have a massive Civil War research capability and that a family member fought in the Civil War. I was able to get copies of his records. The visual displays include artifacts and excellent... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We took the family to the history center and were pleasantly surprised at how professional the displays were. A lot of interesting history of East Tennessee.

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Mounds, Oklahoma
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We spent three days here doing family geneolgy and found some amazing family items. We have alot of family history here. We ate at a deli right next door not sure of the name but was very good.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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301 reviews 301 reviews
159 attraction reviews
416 helpful votes 416 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Five of us went on a Thursday morning. There were many school children present, but they did not detract from our enjoyment in the least. The museum overall is quite small, but actually the displays are well-presented and not crowded. It starts with Paleo-Indian history (very few artifacts), covers the Cherokee, British forts, and goes on through revolutionary, civil war,... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A lot of area history packed into one location. Enjoyed learning about the area factories etc in TN as well as some history of settlers to the area and the impact of the Civil War. We watched the video and saw many sites that we had visited the day before.

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