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Tennessee State Museum
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Ranked #28 of 255 things to do in Nashville
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

THE Civil War exhibits were terrific. People were everywhere to help you thru the exhibit and the rest of the museum. When in Nashville make time to go.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is a very good museum with a variety of exhibits covering many interesting subjects. It's not easy to find the entrance but it's worth the effort. We were particularly interested in the Civil War exhibits. We spent a good hour looking at the temporary exhibit about the Civil War with lots of photos, letters and personal evidence and artefacts and then at closing time realised it was the other exhibit about the Civil War in Tennessee we were more interested in so we came back the next day and both exhibits were good. The exhibits about the early history of Nashville and Andrew Jackson were good too. The map wasn't easy to follow and at one point we were confused and went up to level 2 looking for the Andrew Jackson exhibit. I asked someone about him and he told me a few sentences about him and didn't seem to know about the exhibit on the floor below. We enjoyed this museum and we recommended it to our relatives who have lived in Nashville for years but never visited.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

There is so much to see and learn here. We spent several hours looking and reading but could have spent a few more hours but we were on a schedule. I would go back in a heartbeat and have recommended it to others who enjoy museums. I love the fact that it was not crowded with people and the exhibits are spaced out unlike some museums we have been to. It is in a great part of town near to many other attractions.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stumbled upon this museum by accident while walking around Nashville. We had our share of honkey tonk bars and were walking around the state capitol when we saw a sign advertising the Tennessee State Museum (with free admission). We had to wander around for a bit to actually find the entrance but it was worth the effort. It's a great museum with many floors of exhibits. Interesting facts about the history of TN, Andrew Jackson, the Civil War, etc. We had reservations at another venue, otherwise we could have probably spent a few more hours in this museum. Highly recommended if you need a break from the downtown action.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

On a Sunday afternoon we went specifically to see the "Discovering the Civil War" exhibit before it ends on Sept. 1st. and finally stumbled upon it on the very lower level in a far corner. Overall I was very disappointed with this exhibit. There were a few "real" items but for the most part copies that were confusing and hard to read. Since we arrived well before the 1 PM opening time, we found a free parking space out front of the Deaderick St. entrance. Upon entering there was a definite musty smell. Someone that does not have a problem with mold and mildew may not have noticed but I have a problem with these two and even my husband who doesn't usually smell anything when I do could smell the musty odor. We went through the permanent exhibits quickly but I could see there was lots of interesting items and another visit would be required to fully appreciate them. We did find the exhibit layouts confusing and the small map that was furnished hard to follow but maybe the musty smell affected our thinking.

Thank Nina A
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