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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243 (Downtown Nashville)
800-407-4324
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Ranked #20 of 123 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The museum is inside an other building, so watch for signs. It is composed of three floors. You spend about two hours there, just at the museum

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We went to Nashville just to visit the museum and see the 101st Airborne exhibit, as I'm a huge history buff, especially WWII history. It was a little difficult to find where the military part of the museum was located, since it's in a separate building across the street. We didn't spend a lot of time in the main museum,... More

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Byron, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed seeing all the displays of antique guns, clothes, and items that were in the early days of civlization. Also enjoy the stories of growing up in those days.

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Salem, Oregon
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25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We visited the Military Branch Museum which is a part of the Tennessee State Museum on our way to visit the State Capitol Building. The Military Branch Museum is located in the War Memorial Building across the street from the main museum. The exhibits are very good.

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Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

There were many different areas to explore. Good exhibits with short written information so you could keep moving through the exhibits. Good variety to the exhibits. We saw the slave plantation exhibit...the model, pictures and audio recordings made it real and personal.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a great place to learn and develop knowledge of the history of Nashville, of Tennessee and the US.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I live in downtown Nashville and have made multiple trips to the museum in the past which have always been both entertaining and a learning experience. My girlfriend and I often take her two young children there because they enjoy going and it is a great chance for them to learn and to increase their knowledge about the past in... More

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New York City, New York
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230 attraction reviews
325 helpful votes 325 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I found it dull, as historical museums go: I think they have just put in one place every single item they thought was interesting: from Paleolithic artifacts to modern sculptures. It’s all there, looking somewhat dusty and faded. Admission is free and it’s located in the lower floor of a Performance Center across the street from the Hermitage.

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West Midlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Too much for one visit. Very informative, civil war and after, and the history of Tennessee. Lots of exhibits well displayed and explained.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Lots to see here from prehistoric, frontier, civil war and presidential history. Hidden gem. Military museum is in a separate building and worth the trip for military buffs.

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