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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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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
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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Great Museum, Would be Better for Families with Children

Very interesting exhibits, particularly the Tennessee Highway Patrol exhibit that is currently on display! I wish there would have been more hands on things. There are lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Tullahoma, Tennessee

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Tullahoma, Tennessee
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting exhibits, particularly the Tennessee Highway Patrol exhibit that is currently on display! I wish there would have been more hands on things. There are lots of artifacts, several video spots, but I just need more to keep my attention. The facility was very nice and clean, except for the bathroom, it could have used a little love in... More 

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Owen Sound, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We spent the afternoon and didn't see half of the exhibits, plan to go back when in Nashville again, went specifically for the Civil War exhibit but really enjoyed the early Tennessee exhibits as well and it's free!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

It's FREE and very cool. It has all kinds of information on Tennessee from prehistoric times through the civil war. Very informative.

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A very complete history of the state of TN--evidence starting back to 850 A.D. Lots of artifacts you would expect, but recreated settler homes, a full size Conestoga wagon, early American furniture, quilt collections, history of TN police were all icing on the cake!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Walked over with my best friend and circled around the building trying to find the actual entrance of the museum. Hint: you walk in the building and then walk downstairs and voila. Looked really nondescript and small from the entrance but WOW was I wrong. Amazing amount of artifacts, historical treasures and even a very old, well preserved mummy! And... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I spent 4 delightful hours in the Tennessee State Museum while my husband worked. It has an extensive collection of Mississippian and Woodland native people's exhibits, as well as exhibits from the first white settlers to modern times, including famous political Tennesseans, and Civil War history. It was a very good place to learn about this state's history.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Educational, cold AC on a hot day, and Free! What a perfect combination while visiting Nashville with 9&11 yr old boys. Not very hands on, but still very interesting! Lots to look at- we didn't do a guided tour, probably better if you do.... We probably missed a lot.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Thorough trawl through the history of Tennessee. Beautifully laid out, informative graphics and large despite the fact that only 16% of the artefacts are on display. Native Americans and slavery is covered but it mainly seems to concentrate on the travails and successes of the white founding fathers with little focus on their abuses of these minorities. Thought provoking. A... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

we went into the museum to get out of the heat , but were so amazed by the exhibits we stayed for over 2 hours. This museum had everything ! Archaeology , history , science , culture , politics and fun! A definite "do not miss" in Nashville!

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Mahomet, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We were walking by and saw this museum so decided to walk in. It was free. You can't have food or drink but the security guard will check your water bottle for you. It was interesting. Got a break from the heat. Very good displays with lots of interesting information. We didn't have much time but they have 3 floors... More 

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