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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243 (Downtown Nashville)
800-407-4324
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As featured in Nashville for free
Ranked #21 of 117 attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Ithaca, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the early Indian history, and the amazing slave history movies that gave perspective from so many who were involved with the same large plantation. I didn't know that the Klan started in TN, and the history of voting restrictions that caused blacks who had voting rights and representation in the state to lose them for almost 100 years.

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This could have been an outstanding educational and informative experience. Instead, we left frustrated at our inability to read the information at each display. Furthermore, there was no pattern or logical sequence or chronology to the exhibits. However, if you go, you will certainly lean something about Tennessee.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Can't believe this museum is free. There were so many great exhibits that my children loved. Currently they have an exhibit about slaves and slave owners. It was so great. There were lots of staff around to answer questions and they were all very kind. We weren't sure if our kids would like it but they both (7 and 9)... More

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algonquin il
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Just happened upon this museum while taking a walk to the capital. There're was an excellent exhibit on Plantation life and slavery. There was a plethora of artifacts from the original plantation owners. I skimmed the rest of the museum since l ran out of time. The civil war exhibit looked great too.

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Chcago
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Nice display of the hisotry of th rstate, Andrew Jackson section was great. Civil wars exhibts were well done.

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Albany, New York, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

For a state museum that doesn't charge admission, but relies on donations, their collections were impressive. They had everything from the earliest peoples with dioramas and lots and lots of furniture, clothing, jewelry, galleries. It was fascinating to see how much they were able to put on display. It was also fun to watch families taking advantage of scavenger hunt-type... More

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Menomonie, WI
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This museum knows how to do it. Lots of things to look at, tons of information, well laid out. The best free museum I have been to, don't let the lack of a price tag sway you!

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Peoria, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Small but well thought out museum. So glad I decided to go in. It's free! Kids would love it! Lots of information.

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Centereach, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

What started off as an interesting walk through a very quiet museum turned strange when we entered the downstairs Antebellum period and almost ran into a security guard hidden in the shadows. Startled, we smiled and he said to us, "Here is what you are looking for." (We weren't really looking for anything). He motioned behind him to an Egyptian... More

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Murray, Kentucky, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stumbled upon this while waiting for a show at the TPAC and wound up planning another trip for this little museum! It was super interesting if you are into history! Highly recommend.

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