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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
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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 learn about the region

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
805kirad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the History Center when my husband and I saw a recent history exhibit. it was educational and the facility is comfortable and convenient to get to. The are restaurants nearby to to visit once you finish an exhibit.

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McMinnville, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't let the size fool you, a lot of history is packed in this museum. Got more than our money's worth.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

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.

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Thank Andrea C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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 

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