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Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm and Museum

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Address: 255 Marina Rd., Camden, TN 38320-9699
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+1 731-584-7880

The only pearl farm in America.

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A surprise

We were a little surprised when we reached the museum. The vehicles and equipment surrounding the building was not what we expected. Inside, we learned a great about pearls, as... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Linda S
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Camden, Tennessee
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a local place but is well none through out the south for they "Freshwater River Pearls". The location is hiden in a little enlet and is right off one of the deepest spots on the Tennessee River, right near where the Duck River and the Tennessee come together. Their selection of rental boats is outsanding.

1 Thank F219HFlarrys
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Extremely lucky to visit on the day the original founder's daughter was on site. She was so interesting to talk with...so much history and information! Can't believe pearls are cultivated in Tennessee!

1 Thank Angela T
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We were a little surprised when we reached the museum. The vehicles and equipment surrounding the building was not what we expected. Inside, we learned a great about pearls, as we had hoped. The staff was knowledgeable and interesred. She spent extra time with all who needed it. We did not take a tour; but, we truly enjoyed the ride.

Thank Linda S
Panama City, Florida
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

The staff of this museum were all very nice. There is a short movie to see and they answer questions and tell you things but it is not like most museums I have seen. There is just a small room to see the movie and a few historic items on the wall. The main room is mostly about selling the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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135 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is a small museum and gift shop that celebrates the freshwater pearl industry on the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake). It was informative and the people were very friendly. There were also gift items that could be purchased and taken home.

1 Thank Daniel R K
Granville, Ohio
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

This diminutive museum is worth a stop if you're interested in natural history. The large, slow-moving rivers of the US Midwest were home to a thriving pearl industry through the late 19th and early 20th centuries. See a video, examine a large variety of natural and cultured pearls, and learn about the button-making factories that lined the river. Call ahead... More 

3 Thank WilloWanderers
Nashville, Tennessee
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Visiting the Farm is an interesting experience. I had no idea the Museum existed. We were shown a video of how the pearls were grown and harvested. Very interesting.

1 Thank darleneanderson2
Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

Small museum located in a room at a marine sales / marina / RV campground. We were greeted and told that the museum was self-guided. They showed a short video about pearls that was from a broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning. A collection of memorabilia about the location and a little information about the process. Didnt see any of the... More 

1 Thank 1SteveS355
Atlanta, Georgia
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138 reviews
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

We did not get the boat tour because it was closing soon. I think it would be better with that. Anyway, call ahead to make sure they can accommodate you for it. So, for the museum, it is very small but interesting. It is in a marina of sorts and a large room with some small displays and a video.... More 

Thank Lori B
Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Not only a great southern experience but fascinating information about natural pearls. Owners very eager to enhance your visit and give their time for your enjoyment. Includes great shopping and accommodations for groups. Worth the trip off the usual path. Price is right Must view the free film.

5 Thank clara r

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