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Tennessee State Museum

Address: 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243 (Downtown Nashville)
Phone Number: 800-407-4324
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Ranked #32 of 248 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, 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...
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Attraction details
Type: History museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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225 reviews 225 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A trip to the TN State Museum is worth your while if you are in Nashville. It's a chance to take in some history, the good, the bad, and the ugly parts and get away from "Music City" for an hour or two. Parking at the Library was cheap ($5) and entrance to the museum is free. There are a... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

To say this museum was free, I was pretty surprised about how big and loaded with exhibitions it was. I didn't know so much about Tennessean history, but I certainly do now! Definitely a good visit in Nashville.

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Delmar NY
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

COVERS THE TIMELINE FROM PREHISTORIC TO THE present. Civil War exhibits were enhanced when we were there/

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Nashville, Tennessee
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Maybe my standards are to high but I found this to be very disappointing. It has a lot of good exhibits but the presentation of them is haphazard and the layout looks and feels as if it was thrown together.

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is one of gems of the city of Nashville...the Museum itself and the exhibits were second to none to view and learn about. It is the sort of place that a person with a passion for history such as myself, would be overjoyed to one day be a part of and work for. Great places for adults and kids... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It's free! Some exhibits change. Every time I have visited, I have appreciated different areas of the museum. Great place to learn about the history of TN. Good for children as well as adults.

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Madison, Tennessee
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Very interesting, well kept and well documented. I am thankful that I live close enough to enjoy the stories, the displays and the history our great state has to offer. Go Tennessee!

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I thought this FREE attraction would be very small, but this museum was ENORMOUS! It was quite impressive! Very detailed in history, Tennessee should be very proud of it's museum! Barely anyone was there, and I couldn't figure out why, after all, it was free, and there were lots of hands-on stations for children to experience. The most memorable part... More 

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Went on a Sunday, there was maybe 1/2 dozen people in the building, at least it felt that way and it is free! Nice journey thru the history of Tennessee, very informative Worth the trip

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

If you are interested in anthropology or are a Tennessee history buff, this museum is probably for you. It is somewhat dated and appears designed for school field trips.

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