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East Tennessee History Center

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Address: 601 S Gay St, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37902-1604
Phone Number: 865-215-8830
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Charming Local Museum

This museum is located in downtown Knoxville and is an excellent entertainment and educational experience if you find yourself on a walking tour in the city. Located on Gay... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is located in downtown Knoxville and is an excellent entertainment and educational experience if you find yourself on a walking tour in the city. Located on Gay Street the museum features wonderful exhibits that highlight Knoxville's past as well as the region of East Tennessee. I thoroughly enjoyed a photo exhibit by local photographer Don Dudenbostel which featured... More 

Thank macdaddydan40
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a small, but very informative museum documenting the history of East Tennessee including, among many other topics, Davy Crockett, Cherokee settlements, Civil War battles, and Dolly Parton. Artifacts are well displayed and videos are excellent. Plan to spend 2 hours to see everything. Then, within you can enjoy a wonderful lunch on Gay Street or at Market Square.... More 

Thank Cheryl K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The East Tennessee History Center's permanent exhibits include a lot of information covering Cherokee settlements through the Manhattan Project in great depth. In retrospect, I wish there was more information about Knoxville in the latter part of the 20th century (they had a small section on musicians and another very small section on the civil rights movement), but what they... More 

Thank Colleen F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place did a great job of showing the fascinating history of Eastern Tennessee. It goes from Revolutionary period, Native American issues, Civil War period and turn of the century stories. I will admit, my wife and I visited at the end of a long day and we were tired...I could have spent a LOT more time. Do not miss

Thank Txomin_51
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit. They have a super museum. They also have a great research center for genealogy, and also the Knoc County Archives. Their McClung Collection is superior.

Thank Andy A
Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This museum does a very good job of covering all the aspects of East Tennessee that has made it what it is today. The permanent exhibits are displayed in a manner that is both informative and entertaining. The temporary exhibit currently on display is "Come to Make Records", Knoxville's contributions to American popular music. I greatly enjoyed this peek into... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Nice museum about the history of the region. Has a rifle owned by Davy Crockett! Lots of interesting exhibits, only wish that some of the artifacts were labeled a bit better.

Thank jennifer s
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

For a small museum there is a lot packed into here. Easily plan on 3 hours in here if you read every single thing. There are many excellent displays including a mock up of a corner drugstore and East Tennessee street scene complete with an actual Knoxville Trolley car in it. This is just a wonderful place for families and... More 

Thank Robert B
Rockford, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Even though I'm a local I love being a tourist in my hometown. I took some out of town guests to visit here and we all throughly enjoyed it! Very surprised at how much information they had and impressed with all the displays!

Thank ajcampers
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

There is a museum with rotating exhibits that is well worth visiting The History Center is a remarkable resource of books from many counties, surrounding states, and historical files. On one floor is the County land and marriage records. We spent hours researching and finding some very helpful information. The McClung Collection is in the former Court Room and has... More 

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