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Tennessee State Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
As featured in 3 Days in Nashville and 1 other guide
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Address: 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number: 800-407-4324
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the...

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.

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Great Hidden Attraction Downtown

We found this place on accidentally, but I'm glad we did find this gem. The best part is that it is free. Besides being free, it's very interesting if your into history. Many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Seith H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We found this place on accidentally, but I'm glad we did find this gem. The best part is that it is free. Besides being free, it's very interesting if your into history. Many different exhibits and you can spend a good hour or more. I recommend this place for people that love history or people that want to learn more... More 

Thank Seith H
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am in town for work and stopped by here during a long break. Great state military museum. All of the displays are well put together. The propaganda posters from WWI and WWII are great as well. A lot of old weapons, model airplanes and ships.

Thank craigclark
Salisbury, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been visiting museums for nearly 60 years, and I find this to be one of the best. Not only is it a great collection, but it is so well exhibited. The Indian artifacts are some of the best I have ever seen. The Tennessee furniture is as good as you will view anywhere. See history from the Revolution through... More 

Thank Mickey993
Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely museum in the heart of downtown Nashville. We gave ourselves two hours including the gift store and truly could have stayed another hour. The exhibits are varied, history galore, artwork, sculptures, and so much more. The best part is that the museum is FREE.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How can you beat free! This place was great. My son is talking about the Civil War in school and this place was perfect for him to see and learn more about it. We were in town for a sports event and looking for a place to kill some time during the day. Came across this place in a tourist... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a fan of museums but this one didn't really hit the mark and I couldn't get enthused about it. The antebellum exhibition was the most interesting section but the large number of school groups made it very hard to concentrate. It's free and you could easily pass an hour or two there but I just didn't feel the... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of history, relics, silverware, swards, china, carriage, carriage fire truck, films, olden furniture, coins and money, Items of the times. Parking very bad. Went on a Sunday hoping parking would be better, still had to walk a long way. The walk would have been fine except it was cold outside. Still enjoyed the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed visiting this free museum, which gave a great overview of the state. Illuminating information regarding the civil war period and beyond. Well worth a visit.

Thank Jockm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Even though I have visited a lot of museums, this one was different. It did start with some of the prehistoric items that you see in other museums, but there was a lot of the Tennessee history that you don't see in other museums. Very informative exhibits. We spent 2 hours in here but you can easily spend more if... More 

Thank Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Novi, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The TN State Museum is certainly worth checking out. While many of the exhibits are on the older side, the walk through is engaging and educational. They boast a very interesting collection, as well! I didn't have especially long to spend, being on my way out of town on the afternoon I visited, and will likely swing by again next... More 

Thank Emily K

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