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East Tennessee History Center

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Address: 601 S Gay St, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
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+1 865-215-8830
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Still my favorite museum in Knoxville

The East Tennessee History Museum located in downtown Knoxville is still and will probably always be my favorite museum in Knoxville. Bring some comfortable shoes. Although this... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The East Tennessee History Museum located in downtown Knoxville is still and will probably always be my favorite museum in Knoxville. Bring some comfortable shoes. Although this is not the largest museum I have ever been in, there is quite a bit of walking involved if you want to see all of the exhibits open to the public. My favorite... More 

Thank ChrissyAdventures
Clarksville, Tennessee
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Takes you on a journey with the history of early Native Americans thru to the present. With lots of interesting info in between.

Thank nanaof2Deland
Lexington, Kentucky
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32 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed visiting this museum on May 10, 2017. I devoted about two hours to my visit and could have spent twice that amount of time. Exhibits cover the period from Indian and colonial days up through Civil War, the TVA, and atomic energy. Displays included a wide variety of artifacts that were interesting to see and read about. Plaques... More 

Thank James G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really liked this museum, very well done and it is very large. We spent about 3 hours in here and probably could have stayed a little longer, but they closed at 4.

Thank charlesonmission
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

East Tennessee History Center's museum is a real gem if you're checking out downtown Knoxville. Very nice presentation of the region's history. Sometimes I get kind of glassy-eyed in museums after wandering through all the exhibits -- but this held my interest all the way through. Nice genealogy research center upstairs.

Thank cruisin_4_BBQ
Harriman, Tennessee
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history center is an excellent place to get a background on East Tennessee and Tennessee in general. The museum is excellent. Guest lecturers often speak at the center. On the third floor is an extensive library that any genealogist would love. The staff is both friendly and quite helpful. This is a great place to spend part of an... More 

Thank patannire
Morgantown, West Virginia
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit here and so much to see with so little time. Located in a beautiful and functional facility and laid out in very logical and interpretive manner, this is a wonderful way to learn about East Tennessee (and American) history. Didn't get to see everything but shall have this high on our list to return. We had a brief... More 

Thank MotownMarshallFans
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Have found information on my family and other people families such as when they got married, where they lived, etc., back in the 1700's and 1800's. They have information on Tennessee and other states also.

Thank Dixie H
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

I am from Knoxville, and I am interested in genealogy, so this museum touches all the bases for me. The museum portion is free on Sundays (as is downtown parking) and reasonable the rest of the time ($5/$4 senior). It has a permanent collection and a room for changing exhibits, so it is worth several visits a year for the... More 

Thank traines51 .
Augusta, GA
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1,303 reviews
619 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 494 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We got here late and only had about 25-30 minutes to visit the museum, but we got the general gist of the city's roots, the era of a divided Tennessee, some Civil War knowledge, musical significance and a real trolley. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Kay M

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