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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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Free history lesson

No admission charge, but donations accepted. Exhibits range from prehistory to the present ... lots to look at, could conceivably spend several hours.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

No admission charge, but donations accepted. Exhibits range from prehistory to the present ... lots to look at, could conceivably spend several hours.

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Berryville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Make reservations come early to find a parking place and enjoy some great tasty food! Portions are not huge but are plenty for most people. Don't miss this place if you in Nashville

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A lot of high quality exhibits. Great for learning about the history of Tennessee. Free admission, can't beat it. Worth the price of parking downtown.

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Spearfish, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Good exhibits from the earliest inhabitants on to the civil war and beyond. It is not busy and free. It is close to the capital building.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This was a terrific museum! There was so much inside, many interesting displays. From furniture to quilts to guns, uniforms and fossils! And it's free admission so if you have an afternoon to wander, I'd definitely recommend it. Nice little gift shop too!

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Columbus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

What a nice job they've done here! The museum takes you through prehistoric times, through the settling of TN, through the Civil War, kind of up to the present (sorta). You can dig as deep as you like here; the Civil War information is especially broad. It's a great place to go with kids; old fashioned interactive displays actually engaged... More 

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Russell Springs, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Did I say FREE?? YES! Free admission. Lots of cool stuff about history. They also hv a clue game u can play which makes learning about history FUN! The kids had a blast here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went with a friend last time I visited. Beautiful museum with a ton of history you never learned about at school. Perfect for families or if you're a real history buff.

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Nashville, TN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I took my 4 boys here during a snow day. All of my boys ages 12,11,8 & 6 are big nerds & love history. The place was super empty & the staff was either grumpy or non existent. The museum was filled with random, non interesting items. Half way through, there was an Egyptian mummy in a glass case. ???... More 

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Bloomington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Plenty of neat things to check out. And free, good historical things to look at, old canoe used for a feeding trough was my favorite!

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