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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243 (Downtown Nashville)
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Ranked #19 of 124 Attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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. 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

This is a must see if you have time to sightsee while visiting Nashville! There is so much to see and it is all free!! This is one of the most interesting museums I have visited. There are 3 floors explore so give yourself time. There are interactive areas and videos and slideshows to keep things interesting as well.

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This is a very interesting and informative museum. Very neat and well-laid out. It was a perfect way to spend the last couple of hours I had in Nashville. Free admission. Tennessee has a very rich and significant history. I especially liked the Civil War section, although I don’t feel enough was dedicated to this. I wanted to go to... More

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Plano, Texas
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74 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The museum is a very well presented and maintained place. It has a lot of different information about many different periods. I'm impressed with all of the information and interactive things it offers. The staff was so nice and very welcoming. There was so much to see and interact with. We really enjoyed it and learned a lot.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a museum that should be on everyone's list. It is well organized; the exhibits are interesting and well presented; and the history of TN comes alive. The Civil War section was most touching, esp for those of us who did not know about the split in loyalties in TN. Here it was truly a war of brother against... More

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Jackson, Tennessee
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This museum is a branch of the Tennessee State Museum. It is located in the War Memorial Building bottom floor across the street from the main facility. It is free also, just a little harder to find. Our oldest grandson has plans to attend a military college and has always been fascinated with war history. We have been watching the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Visiting the Tennessee State Museum was not on ousr list of things to do when we got to Nashville but our server at Margaritaville told us about it when we stopped there for lunch. It was within walking distance so we decided to check it out. I'm very glad we did and really enjoyed taking the self guided tour of... More

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Fort Myers
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This museum is free with numerous exhibits covering Tennessee's history. Many informative historic displays that can keep you busy for hours.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Located in the lower levels of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), this is an awesome museum covering TN's state history from prehistoric times to the modern era. Give yourself at least 3 hours - it is big. Good for kids AND adults (even w/o kids).

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Galt, California
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We visited the capitol and spent about an hour, and then went to the state museum. It is laid out from earliest inhabitants to Indians to European settlers. We moved from the settlers to civil war, through famous people to everything that makes Tennessee a special state. Agriculture and Industry are well represented.

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East Lansing, Michigan
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Walk about 6 blocks north on 5th from Broadway and you will find theTennessee State Museum-well worth the walk uphill. Presentations are well written and artifacts are interesting. I particularly enjoyed the early native american exhibits. It would be hard to go through this museum in less than 3 hours so if time is limited, decide what time period interests... More

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