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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243 (Downtown Nashville)
800-407-4324
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Ranked #20 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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Kentucky
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115 reviews 115 reviews
22 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This museum wasn't busy and had some interesting exhibits about the history of Tennessee. Tie in with a visit to the State Capital building nearby. Best of all it was free!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We didn't have time to cover everything, the museum is vast and with so many exhibits would take a full day. We concentrated on the lower level, particularly the Slaves and Slaveholders section. Absolutely fascinating to hear a more personal side of a shameful part of US history, with many original artifacts and documents on show. Wish we had more... More

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Orange, CT
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32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Located near the Tennessee State Capitol, this spotless and well-organized (chronologically) museum is a must for those interested in Tennessee history. It is one of the very best state museums I have ever visited. While the exhibits are not interactive, there are quite a few short films available on a variety of subjects. The museum contains many vivid life-size dioramas... More

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Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

After having seen the things I wanted to see in Nashville I went to the visitor centre to pick up some additional brochures one of which was for the State museum. As the information in brochure looked interesting I decided to go there and boy I was definitely not disappointed. If you are interested in history then go check this... More

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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

In the Nashville CBD, not only did this place offer some history of the area, but it was also a great escape from the summer heat. The museum is incredibly well-kept, and there is so much to see, you could visit several times. From what I can recall, I noticed straight away that the museum seemed very wheelchair-accessible (but please... More

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West palm beach Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I did not have much expectation on the museum but was pleasantly surprised. There are 3 floors of all Tennessee history. It includes short tapes and displays. Everything was comprehensive. I strongly recommend to get an overview of Tennessee history. The best part it was free!

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Nashville, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The TN State Museum covers much of the history of Middle TN from the native settlers, through the Long Hunters, the Civil War, and more recent history and conflicts. It's hard to understand Nashville without a bit of a history lesson. Learn about our Presidents from TN, the occupation during the Civil War, and the history of Maxwell House. Best... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This museum is very hard to find and is not well sign posted at all. The prehistory section is the most interesting and was well organised. The section about Andrew Jackson is just too long. I didn't need to see almost every piece of paper he signed. I get that he's a founding father of Nashville but would have been... More

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