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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 #19 of 121 attractions in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Monterey, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This free museum is very informative with a lot about the Civil War. I felt sad because there weren't many people in there. If you are in Tennessee, and if you like history, take the time to drop into the museum. You'll be glad you did.

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Decatur
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A very nice museum in the heart of Nashville that does a good job covering the history of Tennessee. There are several nice exhibits, artifacts, period furniture and pictures that will keep all ages interested. We spent about 2 hours in the museum and could have been there longer.

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Halifax, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

You need days to digest all the historical information in this museum really enjoyed it and learned a lot about Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This museum is a bit different with interaction and dioramas to enlighten. At this time a fabulous presentation of a famous plantation in north central TN that explores both the black and white lives of all of the families that were there from before, in , and after the horror of the Civil War. A must for an open-minded person... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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47 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Unless you knew the place was here, this would be tough to find but is near the state capital. There are several areas in this museum but we spent a lot of time in the area devoted to Tennessee's action in the Civil War and the treatment of slaves at this time. This is a very interesting story shown thru... More

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Waterloo Ontario
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The museum is free attraction when many are not, The State Museum covers the history of the state and it's impact on way of life in Tennessee. Artifacts, entire rooms of historic items and paintings that present the early character of Tennessee and it's founders.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This Museum is an easy place to miss in Nashville as there is so much to see here, it was pointed out to us by a museum guide as we were passing the door looking to see what it was. It is down some steps and looks quite small from the outside, however, there is some amazing history here. The... More

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Samoa, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

They give a very pleasant and approachable presentation of the state's history starting with human pre-history. There is some slightly subtle but shameful promotion of one specific religion but that can be ignored. Although they have lovely and reasonably thorough presentation about the people who lived there before appearance of those of European and African decent they just brush past... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We're not into country music but enjoy history lessons while vacationing at a new place. This museum was wonderful!!! Spent about 2+ hours and only got through about a third. Considering going back again today. Probably not the best place for younger kids but middle school and higher would enjoy.

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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

This is an extensive and interesting collection of artifacts from several periods of the state's history, presented on three levels. The collections - from the Indian artifacts to the 'new south' and the twentieth century - are quite good, and often well interpreted. However, the collection is stung out in a maze-like fashion that makes it difficult to follow themes... More

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