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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 #20 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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124 reviews 124 reviews
39 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 NEW

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
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW 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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Surfside Beach, South Carolina
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I guess my expectations were too high. The exhibits were okay, if you are native to Tennessee this is probably more interesting. The exhibits were not modern and I did not find much to interest young children. If you do not know the area it is hard to find the museum. It is actually in the basement of the theatres.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Ok, a little tatty in corners but a treasure chest of old tennesee. Free and fun, make sure you visit to cool off.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We went here this weekend, it was great the staff is friendly and will answer any questions you have, please go with time as there is alot to see three floors , pictures are allowed but no flash, admission if free. Which is great they were having and poetry reading which just added value to the visit. A must see... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful museum! And it was free! Loved the special exhibit on slavery. It was Well researched and insightful. The quilt exhibit was also great. Can't wait to come back and catch the other floors. Didn't realize there was so much here. Wish we had carved out more time for such a great museum!

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