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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243 (Downtown Nashville)
800-407-4324
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Ranked #19 of 122 Attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation with more than 60,000-sq.-ft. of permanent exhibits and a 10,000-sq.-ft.... more » Owner description: The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation with more than 60,000-sq.-ft. of permanent exhibits and a 10,000-sq.-ft. changing exhibition hall where temporary exhibits are on view. The museum's interpretive exhibits begin 15,000 years ago with prehistoric humans and continue through the early 1900s with special sections on Native American Indians, explorers, pioneers, the Antebellum age, the Civil War, and the beginning of a new century. The State Museum is open every day except Mondays, and admission is free. « less
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Goodlettsville, Tennessee
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This museum has the whole history of Nashville and Tennessee with many artifacts inside including the famous real mummy. The close by Military Museum is little known but totally absorbing to the military interested visitors. Admission by donation and not required. We saw two Medal's of Honor on our last visit and it was all very well presented. Very clean... More

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Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I loved the museum! Lots to see and a very helpful staff. Especially liked the exhibit on slavery and slaveholders that was ending just as I visited.

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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

nice place to go on a rainy day- I think the max. amount of time you can spend here is approx. 1.5 hours. If you are interested in history, you will love this place. Several floors of exhibits and there are children areas set up so younger children can participate. Free is good- if they would charge admission, I would... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Go straight to the War Museum, found south of Legislative Building. We didn't even go to the state museum. The War Museum was free/ donations accepted, and was great to walk through. There were no lines, you can go at your own pace, lots of war items to see from Spainish War to WWII

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I'm not a huge museum fan but decided to include a few hours of touristy stuff on this trip. I went to see the featured attraction on The Daily Lives of Plantation Slaves. It was extremely informational, fascinating, and quite poignant. The museum itself is beautiful, modern, and a quiet gem among Nashville attractions. Worth a few hours for sure.....

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Amarillo, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It took my son and I some time to find the entrance to this museum. Once inside, I was surprised at how large it was. We spent an hour or so inside the main museum, then asked for directions to the Military Branch of the museum. The staff (volunteers?) could not give us directions on how to get there. In... More

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Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We decided to stop here while in downtown Nashville. Found a parking lot nearby that was only $10 for the entire day. It's free, and the day we went, the man who designed the slave exhibit was there, giving a talk about the history of his family, which was the basis of his exhibit. Very interesting, educational, and we just... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Three floors of history, short films, exhibits. We stumbled into this on a 90-degree day and it was a welcome respite from the heat.

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Kentucky
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117 reviews 117 reviews
22 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Looking for something to do in the hot weather, we (finally) found the museum. Parking at a public lot was $10 for the two or so hours. Museum free, or donation. A few interesting exhibits. I enjoyed the area with all the portraits. The mummy is a tad creepy. The furniture on display needs some dusting (maybe it's the original... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We went on a Sunday and spent about 3 hours walking around the exhibits. There is so much too see, it can be overwhelming. I would recommend focusing on one area and taking a cursory view of the other areas. The only disappointment was they did not have a museum book, as you cannot describe it to someone effectively. I... More

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