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Tennessee State Museum

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Nashville
As featured in 3 Days in Nashville and 1 other guide
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Address: 505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number:
+1 800-407-4324
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Free to tour! Takes at least half a day to explore. Excellent exhibits! Must see if your on a budget! Has some clothing from famous musicians. Schools do have field trips here... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free to tour! Takes at least half a day to explore. Excellent exhibits! Must see if your on a budget! Has some clothing from famous musicians. Schools do have field trips here so keep thT in mind if planning a trip!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love going by there when I can - I work four blocks from the building. Always changing exhibits, sometimes have kid-oriented events (especially in the summer - call to check). Nice and quiet for the most part as are most museums.

Thank kscarlett0819
Memphis, TN
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was in Nashville to visit the Hermitage, but also stopped by to check out the TN State Museum. We were thrilled with our decision, as this was a great activity. Wonderful exhibits, with a treasure of information about the history of Tennessee. Would highly recommend, especially if you have a couple of hours to dedicate to walking around inside.

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Louisville, KY
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was on our list of places to visit in Tennessee. Bonus was that it was a free attraction and within walking distance of the Frist Art Museum. Lots of historical facts and great exposure for children and elderly alike. You can spend as little as 30 minutes, or several hours if you are a history fanatic. Enjoyed the portrait... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In town on ships business and had time between appointments. With the museum near by walked over and enjoyed the displays. I found the gun smithing tools very interesting and love the old portraits. That was a time before Eastman and in expensive photography. The building is well laid out and was refreshingly cool on a very warm day. No... More 

Thank Vesole
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is very quiet, probably because the entrance is not well advertised and you can walk past without noticing it at all. A shame, because it is a very interesting museum, tracing the history of the state of Tennesee way, way back before the settlers and up to the present day. It is scheduled to move to a brand... More 

Thank KJE61
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Much larger than expected with great collection and flow. Staff available in all areas of museum even on weekend. Exhibits keep adults and kids interested throughout visit.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum on May 12th. If you plan to visit multiple places in the neighborhood then you can park your car in the Library Garage (139 7th Ave). There is no entrance fee. We did not liked the layout of this museum. There are a lot of sides and corners. The presentation is not logical in time. If... More 

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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This extensive and well curated history museum is amazing, and since its FREE, its the best deal in town. The museum covers over 10000 years of the history of the region, but does an especially great job of explaining how the people and places of Tennessee fit into the American story and especially the Civil War. Whether you have 1/2... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A free wonderful museum thanks to the government. Three very large floors, jam-packed with historical artifacts. Focused on Tennessee's history, people and cultures, discover how they get to have a real Egyptian mummy. It's best to choose some areas to focus on, and come back again. The guards were so friendly and helpful they made my visit so much more... More 

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