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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 Street, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number: +1 800-407-4324
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

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 museum is a treasure! I took my four kids (age 4-11) here, and we spent an hour or two learning about our state's history. They enjoyed the Native American artifacts, and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Gallatin, Tennessee
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Gallatin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is a treasure! I took my four kids (age 4-11) here, and we spent an hour or two learning about our state's history. They enjoyed the Native American artifacts, and there was lots to see and learn. Even though this museum is free, it does not feel cheap. Great afternoon!

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Rolla, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent an entire afternoon there. Learned about things on the civil war we never knew about. But also covered several time periods. Lots of articles, artifacts. Some hands on for children, brought history alive. Loved this place!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

...including the fact that it is FREE and a nice break from crowds everywhere else. The kids enjoyed seeing the cabins, how people lived, the old printing press and fire truck. I loved the paintings of the river landscapes. And husband enjoyed the machines and war stuff. Nice way to pass a morning. Recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum near the Capitol Building. Parking is difficult but the entrance is free. Two stories of Tennessee history. Very educational.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time in the museum. Great exhibits with a lot of background information. Perfect if you are interested in the Civil War and if you want to get a good overview over Tennessee's history. You should plan 2 hours, or longer, if you want to study exhibits in more detail. And best of all it is free!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is FREE! Which already makes it better than most museums in Nashville. But, it's also three stories of Tennessee history starting with with the paleo-indian area all the way through the current time. It's just phenomenal!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not really much on state museums but this one actually surprised me. It's well worth a visit and take your time. Not sure if it would keep the attention span of a 5 year old.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was really good to find this place. It was an accident. Got there at opening on a Saturday morning. It is down by the Capitol so it was empty. It was really nice to see a museum about the local area. Very well done and staff were wanting to further the experience by interjecting information about their lives as... More 

Thank David E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very informative tour. Artifacts from the early days of Tennessee all the way to today. Location sort of confusing at first, bottom floor if the performing arts center in downtown. Ample parking all around the museum. Within walking distance of all other downtown sites, Ryman Auditorium, Broadway, Hall of Fame. A fun and not to busy day.

Thank Brett M
Cheatham County, TN
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tennessee State Museum is on three floors under the complex housing several theaters, rehearsal space, and an architecturally unique office building. Ostensibly created to house items related to Tennessee's history in some way, it contains a mummy. There are life-size dioramas of Civil War camps, workshops, a log home, other items. Collections include lots of silverware, several quilts, lots of... More 

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