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East Tennessee History Center

601 South Gay Street, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
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Ranked #2 of 41 attractions in Knoxville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Most recent review
- Apr 15, 2014
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Knoxville, Tennessee
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went on a field trip with middle schoolers to ETHC and I was impressed with the displays and artifacts located on site. So much research and information to be read and studied inside this museum. Younger kids would struggle to read all of the information. Everything is very well displayed and some things are interactive. For those who want... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

A great place to visit, especially on Sundays (Free on Sunday plus it's not crowded). Lots to look at and very interesting, even my toddler enjoyed it.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Great little museum with extensive history of Knoxville and the surrounding region. If you are in the area or live near by, worth the trip. We went on Sunday and admission is free. It is across from the Tennessee theater. Neat downtown area to walk around also.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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92 reviews 92 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We were there for 3 hours and needed longer. We always take longer than suggested for museums. It was excellent. There is a permanent history exhibit, and a rotating special exhibit. The current special exhibit is about early Television in East TN. It was a lot of fun. We spent most of our time in the history section and learned... More

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107 reviews 107 reviews
48 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We know little about the South and decided to travel there to find out. The exhibit was thoughtful, interesting and quite an eye opener It gave context to our Knoxville visit and I would unhesitatingly recommend it.. It gives you a great perspective on this charming city

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Knoxville, Tennessee
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

So I had a short-notice visit from my brother, sister, and their respective spouses for a long weekend, and decided to take them to this history museum. To my pleasant surprise there were some new exhibits since my visit a few months ago, including some that forced me to the realization that I might be a relic myself! The first... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

This is a treasure trove of East Tennessee History, I love it and am so proud of it...the contents of this building should not be missed for locals or visitors...Tennessee Proud !!!!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The East Tennessee History Center's "First Friday" events are THE time to visit the center. On November 1 a program featured live music and a one-hour program on the early history of television in east Tennessee. This included the rich musical history of the Knoxville area (Country Music Hall of Fame members Dolly Parton, Roy Acuff, Don Gibson, Chet Atkins... More

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Greenville, SC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

On Gay Street, right across from the Tennessee Theatre is the East Tennessee History Center, which consists of the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Knox County Archives, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. The latter has an fascinating exhibit of the early years of television... More

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Tehachapi, California
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230 reviews 230 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25,364 helpful votes 25,364 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We had a wonderful time at this fine musuem. The East Tennessee History Center has some amazing artifacts that shows off East Tennessee's furniture making history along with their great music heritage. There is a beautiful Civil War exhibit. There is a history lesson about the TVA. If you would like to learn more about East Tennessee do yourself a... More

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