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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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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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A hidden gem!! And it's FREE admission!

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... read more

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Barcelona, Spain
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33 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The most impressive exhibits, we thought, were the Native American pottery. Covers the complete history of the state. Our kids liked it: it's got hands-on stuff for them to do. If you want to see a museum in Nashville, this is it. You can't beat the price, either. I'd say if you aren't interested in history or don't like museums,... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We have recently moved to Nashville and have wanted to go to this museum. This past weekend we had the opportunity to visit. It is a wonderful museum that chronicles the state and it's history. It was larger than we had expected. It is three levels and if you were to read and look at every exhibit and truly take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The museum is huge pots of floors with good elevators and escalators. Lots of very cool artifacts and stuff.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Lots of great stuff to see and learn about Tennessee's interesting history. The price is right and the exhibits show a good progression from Tennessee's pre-European settlement era to the civil rights era. I learned a lot and helped me understand more about what I was seeing during my visit to Tennessee.

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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This attraction is free. There is so many great exhibits here. I could of stayed there all day. Museum takes you through the early years (Indians), the pioneers, the craftsman, and much more. Lots of Civil War exhibits and period pieces. You will not be disappointed.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

It was ok. It was very large and had a lot of stuff, but it is a lot of civil war stuff and after awhile we got tired of seeing the same cival war guns, swords, uniforms, and so on.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is a must to visit. Very interesting exhibits and well laid out. One of my favourite things was a bench made by Daniel Boone. If I get back to Nashville it will be one of the first things I do to visit there again. My actual visit was in 2009.

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