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East Tennessee History Center

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Address: 601 South Gay Street, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
Phone Number: +1 865-215-8830
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Visit if you're keen to know more about Tennessee's history

Being an overseas visitor, I was interested in knowing more about the local history and I was not disappointed. The displays take you through different aspects of Tennessee's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
L V
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Basel, Switzerland
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Basel, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being an overseas visitor, I was interested in knowing more about the local history and I was not disappointed. The displays take you through different aspects of Tennessee's history. As there is quite a bit of reading to do, it is probably less suied for younger kids, but other than that I cannot fault it. I thoroughly enjoyed the two... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to visit to learn about local history with excellent artifacts and detailed personal histories of the people and places of EasT Tennessee. Take a few hours and roam. Well worth the visit!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great review of the history of this area from the Indian's who originally lived here through the civil war, the TVA project and the world's fair in 1982.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Spent an hour walking through museum but, you need to stay for 2 or 3 hours to see everything thoroughly. Very good collection of historical items and displays from east Tennessee history. Each display followed a theme related to native American, early settlers, civil war, farming, mountain life, TVA, industry, music etc. Great display of pharmacy and apothecary shop.

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Two hour free parking, two local country groups playing outside, and inside, great music. This place sells discounted tickets to see 8 of the original home in the area, we were able to see 6.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

While in Knoxville last month I had some free time, so I went downtown and discovered the East Tennessee Historical Society. Admission was $5 and only $4 with my AAA membership so I decided to check it out. You can easily walk around the museum by following the path. It starts with the native Americans, Cherokee who lived in the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

This has a lot of different things here The music side was interesting, the rest was standard stuff from Tennessee as opposed to some where else.

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Thank 1Bustrav
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

The Center has wonderful exhibits and offers a wide variety of great programming. Definitely a good spot to hit if you want to learn what makes east Tennessee special.

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Not only is this home to the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Museum of East Tennessee History, but also the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection and Knox County Archives. You can learn all about East Tennessee history here and spend the day working on your genealogical research as well. My wife and I have spent many Saturday's in the... More 

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Central KY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Museum is nice, clean, well maintained. Front desk lady was friendly, informative. Several interesting exhibits. some hands on. But I think this would appeal to older kids maybe age 10+. Cost $5 each. Visited 9/10/16

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