Tennessee State Museum

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Tennessee State Museum
4.5
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
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Tennessee State Museum is located at the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. It is designed to bring history to life. It includes a “Tennessee Time Tunnel” chronicling the state’s rich history and leading visitors though the Museum’s permanent collection, a hands-on children’s gallery, six rotating galleries, a state-of-the art digital learning center and a two-story Grand Hall. Exhibitions include significant artifacts related to the state’s history, along with displays of art, furniture, textiles, and photographs produced by Tennesseans. The Museum's Civil War holdings of uniforms, battle flags and weapons are among the finest in the nation.There is no admission charge for visitors. Hours are subject to change. Please check our website at tnmuseum.org for the most up to date information on parking, exhibitions and events.
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E90SLAM
San Gabriel, CA210 contributions
Jun 2022
Great museum covers the entire history of Tennessee, you can easily spend hours in here. Highly recommend that you do plan your day and leave a few hours in here, we only have 45 mins available and need to rush through the exhibits.
Keep in mind the museum is FREE!
Written June 22, 2022
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lamarbradley
Nashville, TN775 contributions
Jan 2020
My wife and I visited the new TSM for the first time and it is so much nicer and larger than the old museum in the basement of TPAC. It is spacious and can display more artifacts than before. The website says it has 137,000 square feet. All the Exhibits are on the second floor and there is a guide that will help you navigate the place. They have a place for lunce, but we opted for the Farmers Market next door where there are many food options. We stayed all day and the only negative thing i can say is that the lighting is terrible in most places. It is very dark in most areas and although they theme this as if you are walking through a Time Tunnel (What they call it), it feels like you are in an actual tunnel due to the low light. i know they aim to create a certain ambiance, and there may be a concern that brighter lighting could harm the relics, but brighter lighting would surely help those of us who are older and have difficulty with vision. Well worth the time, admission is free and nearby parking is also free if not full. One disappointment is that they do not have the Egyptian mummy on display. That had been a favorite artifact in the old museum and probably would have been the favorite artifact of many visitors, including their only opportunity to see a real mummy anywhere in Tennessee, but the guard explained that the Museum focus was on Tennessee history, and the Egyptian mummy did not fit in to that category. It is a treasure trove of Tennessee history, however everyone misses their mummy (pun intended).
Written January 17, 2020
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froghop96
Pataskala, OH175 contributions
Mar 2022
The museum is a good beginning understanding of historical events of the area. We did see a few things that were new to us. I would definitely recommend a visit when you visit the Capital park of the farmer's market right beside the museum. Their changing display was the most interesting to us.
Written April 10, 2022
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Alycia S
Nampa, ID3 contributions
Apr 2022
Seriously could have spent 4-5 hours walking through checking out every display. Really impressed with the layout and variety of interactive displays. Best part is that it was FREE! Spend a day checking out the museum, walk the Bicentennial Capitol Mall & Wall of History, then head over to the Farmers Market for lunch -which is more of an open food stall market than fresh fruits and veggies.
Written May 11, 2022
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Kelly H
55 contributions
Jul 2021
This FREE Museum is awesome! We were only able to see the "Ratified!" exhibit, but it was a great look at TN impact on the right to vote for women. Maybe its just me, but the fact that it was free meant that I didn't feel pressured to "get my money's worth".

The museum also has a great gift shop that I would highly recommend!
Written July 23, 2021
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jer b
Bristol, CT1,855 contributions
Dec 2019
The museum itself is located on Rosa L Parks at the intersection with Jefferson and very close to the Bicentennial Park and the Farmer's Market. It is filled with an astonishing collection of art, crafts, furniture, artifacts, and tools that resent the history of Tennessee very nicely. The collection starts with items from prehistory, through colonial times, the Civil War, Victorian era and up to modern times. It is just a Disneyland for lovers of art, history and culture. The admission to the entire museum is free as is the parking in the lot associated with the museum. Strikingly beautiful building. If the lot is full, you can get two hours of parking free along either 6th or 7th street. This was a most enjoyable experience for us all.
Written January 1, 2020
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Michael
Woking, UK255 contributions
Feb 2020
This museum definitely covers most one would want to know about Tennessee's history, with exhibits dating back as far as Tennessee's place in the pre-historic ages! It is FREE to enter which is always welcome, and when we visited it was not that busy despite being located in an ideal location, very close to Downtown (about a 15 minute walk or a very short bus journey).
For a non-paid attraction it is still obviously funded/supported well as the interior and exterior were quite marvelous and also very clean. The exhibits were also great; well presented and understandable movies, lots of legitimate historical artifacts to compliment information, and this was all laid out in a logical order taking you from Tennessee's creation through to the present and beyond.
We spent a total of around 2 hours here but you could easily spend longer. It was certainly one of the better museums we visited in the U.S., and it was suitable for most ages and also levels of historical interest.
Written April 20, 2020
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_SLH138_
Minneapolis, MN116 contributions
Jul 2021
What an excellent museum! As out-of-state visitors, we found the exhibits, especially the videos, to be really enlightening. The displays are beautifully curated and contain very interesting artifacts. The museum building is lovely and well-maintained.
Admission is free and free parking is available nearby. We really enjoyed our visit.
Written August 1, 2021
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Celeta S
Pittsburgh, PA5 contributions
Feb 2021
The museum is free. Rich in history and they have a great gift shop. I was able to purchase a book that will help me teach my goddaughter about my hero when she gets a little older. I admire Ida B. Wells and this book is a great tool in teaching why she's such an important part of African American history and Women's history.
Written February 21, 2021
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Julie
Bartlett, Illinois12 contributions
Feb 2022
This free museum had a lot of interesting info about the state of Tennessee, starting with the mammoths thru today's country music artists. Dimly lit so hard to read some of the documentation. Includes several 5 minute videos to highlight the eras of tiem.
Written February 26, 2022
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