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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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Great place to visit to relive some moments from the past. Trolley car and lots of pictures. Worth the visit!

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to visit to relive some moments from the past. Trolley car and lots of pictures. Worth the visit!

Thank Malinda68
Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have visited the East Tennessee History Center on many occasions since it opened. We have taken Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and visiting friends and relatives. We learn something new about Knoxville and the Knoxville area with each visit.

Thank Grady T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has an extensive collection of artifacts ranging from the time before Tennessee became a state to post-World War II. The exhibits are nicely laid out, and there are several video and audio exhibits. There's a large section about the history of music in Tennessee.

Thank Andrea C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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 July 2, 2016

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 June 29, 2016

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 June 28, 2016

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 

Thank Patty L
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

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