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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 122 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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Amarillo, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

It took my son and I some time to find the entrance to this museum. Once inside, I was surprised at how large it was. We spent an hour or so inside the main museum, then asked for directions to the Military Branch of the museum. The staff (volunteers?) could not give us directions on how to get there. In... More

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Buffalo, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We decided to stop here while in downtown Nashville. Found a parking lot nearby that was only $10 for the entire day. It's free, and the day we went, the man who designed the slave exhibit was there, giving a talk about the history of his family, which was the basis of his exhibit. Very interesting, educational, and we just... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Three floors of history, short films, exhibits. We stumbled into this on a 90-degree day and it was a welcome respite from the heat.

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Kentucky
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117 reviews 117 reviews
22 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Looking for something to do in the hot weather, we (finally) found the museum. Parking at a public lot was $10 for the two or so hours. Museum free, or donation. A few interesting exhibits. I enjoyed the area with all the portraits. The mummy is a tad creepy. The furniture on display needs some dusting (maybe it's the original... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We went on a Sunday and spent about 3 hours walking around the exhibits. There is so much too see, it can be overwhelming. I would recommend focusing on one area and taking a cursory view of the other areas. The only disappointment was they did not have a museum book, as you cannot describe it to someone effectively. I... More

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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This museum wasn't busy and had some interesting exhibits about the history of Tennessee. Tie in with a visit to the State Capital building nearby. Best of all it was free!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We didn't have time to cover everything, the museum is vast and with so many exhibits would take a full day. We concentrated on the lower level, particularly the Slaves and Slaveholders section. Absolutely fascinating to hear a more personal side of a shameful part of US history, with many original artifacts and documents on show. Wish we had more... More

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Orange, CT
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96 reviews 96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Located near the Tennessee State Capitol, this spotless and well-organized (chronologically) museum is a must for those interested in Tennessee history. It is one of the very best state museums I have ever visited. While the exhibits are not interactive, there are quite a few short films available on a variety of subjects. The museum contains many vivid life-size dioramas... More

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Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands
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48 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

After having seen the things I wanted to see in Nashville I went to the visitor centre to pick up some additional brochures one of which was for the State museum. As the information in brochure looked interesting I decided to go there and boy I was definitely not disappointed. If you are interested in history then go check this... More

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Geelong, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

In the Nashville CBD, not only did this place offer some history of the area, but it was also a great escape from the summer heat. The museum is incredibly well-kept, and there is so much to see, you could visit several times. From what I can recall, I noticed straight away that the museum seemed very wheelchair-accessible (but please... More

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