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Tennessee State Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
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Address: 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number: 800-407-4324
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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
Description: 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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A refreshing change from all the music history in Nashville

This is a pretty big museum, and it was nice to see something in Nashville that was free. Excellent exhibits that can appeal to young and old, with a wide range. Movies, places... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is a pretty big museum, and it was nice to see something in Nashville that was free. Excellent exhibits that can appeal to young and old, with a wide range. Movies, places to sit, and a pretty nice layout over two floors that we covered (we didn't get through the entire museum). No place to eat though so consider... More 

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

There is so much to do in Nashville and much of it can cost quite a bit of money but the Tennessee State Museum is a free attraction that does an good job of portraying the diverse and exciting history of the state. NOTE - There is a donation box and I do encourage you to make a donation to... More 

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Mariestad, Sverige
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We took the bus and hopped off at the museum. First we couldn't find the entrance but after a while we did. It was free of charge and there are restrooms and a giftshop. The museum is huge so you need time or you can concentrate on different parts of the state's history. It started with the Natives and went... More 

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

For a free museum, this is quite remarkable. A little heavy on the Civil War side of things (odd complaint, given I'm an American History teacher, but it was somewhat overkill). Overall a lot of great things to see and learn about Tennessee

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A wonderful, in-depth display of the state's history. This is not a two hour tour. Plan to spend an entire morning or afternoon. The gift shop has amazing books.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This was a great way to spend a few hours with the kids in Nashville. We took a break from the heat and appreciated this was a free activity!

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

this was a great visit, the Museum has no entrance fee which is always nice. it had 3 floors with lots of interesting displays, it is great for Adults or Families. The building itself is great to see also

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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A lot of information on Tennessee history - some areas very interesting such as the examples of early settlers' cabins and information on well-known figures such as Davey Crockett, Daniel Boone and Andrew Jackson. Some of the other figures were more obscure. It's free and it was a nice, cool respite from the heat.

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Fairview, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This beautiful museum is worthy of frequent visits because there is so much to see. The gallery on the lowest level has changing exhibits which are always interesting. Today I learned about the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Recently there was art by Red Grooms in that space. My favorite things in the museum are 1) "In the Tennessee Mountains" painting by... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Surprisingly large and interesting. There are 3 levels to see and a cute gift shop. Its free to get in so thats really great!

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Additional Information about Tennessee State Museum

Address: 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number: 800-407-4324
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville>  > Downtown Nashville
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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