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Tennessee State Museum

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Neighborhood: Downtown Nashville
As featured in 3 Days in Nashville and 1 other guide
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Address: 505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
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+1 800-407-4324
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the...

The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation with more than 60,000-sq.-ft. of permanent exhibits and a 10,000-sq.-ft. changing exhibition hall where temporary exhibits are on view. The museum's interpretive exhibits begin 15,000 years ago with prehistoric humans and continue through the early 1900s with special sections on Native American Indians, explorers, pioneers, the Antebellum age, the Civil War, and the beginning of a new century. The State Museum is open every day except Mondays, and admission is free.

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This was fantastic Really informative and worthwhile Lots of learning about the civil war slavery Andrew Jackson etc There were a lot of historical artifacts and the staff were... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was fantastic Really informative and worthwhile Lots of learning about the civil war slavery Andrew Jackson etc There were a lot of historical artifacts and the staff were great as well

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You guys this is a must see for visitors and locals. First off it's free, you're not going to find many museums that can say that. Lots of great local history from all periods of time. With a 6 year old we spent about 2 hours here. Staff is extremely cheerful and helpful, just don't lean over the rails (... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not sure why this museum isn't advertised more but I was really impressed by how vast it was and well-maintained. It's a HUGE museum, located on several floors with a different concentration on each floor. From native americans, to Andrew Jackson, to slavery, to the more modern times - this museum covers nearly every aspect of Tennessee's history. Best part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked by this museum several times before we goggled it and decided it was worth a look. The visitor centre staff greet you with enthusiasm and present you with a guide to follow so you get a great experience as you travel the different levels of the Museum. The exhibits are well displayed and the information very interesting about... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Exhibits range from early days of Tennessee to the current. Great displays, especially loved the quilts.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whether you're a native, a newcomer, or just passing through, the Tennessee State Museum is a great place to learn how our wonderful state came about. This FREE museum offers some long time exhibits with several that rotate. It's a great place to take your kids on a Saturday afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been now to a couple of state museums and this one is excellent. There is much to see and kids will enjoy it as well. While there make sure you visit the government complex. The buildings are Greek revival and beautiful to see. And be sure to visit their state military museum. It is not that large and... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I highly recommend this underrated attraction. They not only focus on TN history but also native Americans. They have an amazing collection of President Jackson's artifacts and history as well as other TN Presidents Johnson and Polk. They also have great collections on slavery and the civil war.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoy the State Museum. The grist mill in the frontier exhibit belonged to my great-grandfather; the family donated it to museum in the 1970s. When I'm in Nashville, I like to stop by and see it. My only complaint is that the captions on the pictures are incorrect. The middle photo is George F. Tilson and the bottom is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

The museum is free, but donations are encouraged (and should be). The prehistoric and early Tennessee exhibits were excellent. Civil War was a little plain given the location. Layout was a bit confusing at times. Overall, a nice museum that can be done in an afternoon. I would recommend it.

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