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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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Hours:
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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Superb museum with a wide range of interesting displays.

Very high quality displays on all aspects of Tennessee history from very ancient times to the 20th century. You can certainly learn a lot here. The Civil War section is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Belmar, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had a rainy day and went to the state museum. We aren't from the area and found the museum very informative and enjoyed the interactive exhibits. Can't go wrong with a free museum!!

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Oamaru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Very high quality displays on all aspects of Tennessee history from very ancient times to the 20th century. You can certainly learn a lot here. The Civil War section is particularly good.

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Collection fo artifacts and history from prehistoric time through the post civil war era. Well worth the visit

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Hadfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Having some interest in the Civil War a visit to this museum was on my list and I was not disappointed. Well presented and informative.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This museum had information starting with the early indians in the area and then led right up to the present day. We were so happy to see all the information posted about the Civil War and what the local population had to go through, and to see and understand how slavery was presented. The museum did an excellent job. We... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This free museum was a nice surprise. There is a lot of great information about the geological and native peoples history. Its large, cool and family/kid friendly. The portrait gallery was surprisingly high quality for 'non-art museum'. Staff was supper nice and helpful! Hidden gem.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Google Maps brought me to this place; otherwise I might have missed it. It is on the floors below the Nashville Performing Arts theater. It gives the history of Nashville from Pre Historic times to now. It looked as if the exhibits were put together in a hurry. Not well lit. I found the civil war portion of the museum... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The museum is in the basement of a performing arts venue and feels like an outdated governmental obligation. Exhibits feel old and tired, the environment isn't attractive, and media aren't modern-feeling. I wish the TN State Museum was better because I love my state, but it's hard to recommend anyone spend their time here.

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Jamnagar, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

It is a very museum developed by Tennessee state. It is one of the place where can be visited. It is a really good place

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Loved the museum and the fact it's a free exhibit made it even better. Even though it was on three levels, it seemed a bit small though. We were done in less than two hours.

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