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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Well designed, easy to navigate museum of Tennessee history, including environment, politics, industrial and education

The museum, currently housed in the lower floors of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, is a well-designed, well-presented survey of Tennessee from its pre-history to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The museum, currently housed in the lower floors of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, is a well-designed, well-presented survey of Tennessee from its pre-history to the present. This includes social, educational, and industrial development as well as political history. The exhibits are well chosen and displayed, with some digital movies and sound. The staff are cordial and helpful. We go... More 

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NASHVILLE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This outstanding museum covers hundreds of years, as you walk through the outstanding displays. You see things used by Crockett, Jackson, Polk, Johnson, and much, much, more. A nice perk is that it is free.

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Newnan, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I stopped by the military branch, across the street from the main museum, with a couple of hours to kill. The exhibits were well presented and the signage was good, not too much or too little wording. The models and dioramas were as good as any. The lighting could have been a tad better. Admission is free, so I am... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,422 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This was primarily a music stopover so didn't allow much time for other activities. Was pleasantly surprised at how interesting this was - enjoyed the history but should plan for more than a short visit if you are going.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I went to check out this museum not thinking that we would be there very long. We were very surprised when we ended up spending a few hours there! They have a lot of cool things to look at and you will learn a lot about Tennessee and American South in general. A great way to spend... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

This is a nice little museum under TPAC. It's a lovely place to learn more about the State of Tennessee! They have a lot of artifacts from all over the state, some from my home town!

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Schofield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Excellent museum. Lots to see. Wish we would have had more than two hours to see it all. The entrance was hard to find. Had to be directed twice. Also, when we went into the gift shop at ten minutes to closing we were promptly told they were closing and if we were buying anything we should bring it up... More 

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Graniteville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

This was our first visit. Love the fact that it was cool and had some great pieces. Things I didn't like was that the entrance was hard to find and I found the layout somewhat confusing. We only toured one floor. It might would have been more enjoyable if I didn't have hungry teens and preteens with me.

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Nashvillle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The Museum is free and such an educational experience! We were able to screen a new NPT film as well as have a guided tour of some of the exhibits by Ashley Poe. What a difference an incredibly knowledgeable guide makes in understanding the history and thoughts behind the artifacts and paintings. If you have a group of 10 or... More 

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Cadiz, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This free attraction is wonderful. Spent about 2 hours inside. Staff great. Lots of wonderful historical things to check out. Mummy was great...they have a donation box I must say a donation is highly recommended as this is a free venue.

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Additional Information about Tennessee State Museum

Address: Address: 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number: 800-407-4324
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Nashville>  > Downtown Nashville
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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