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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 Street, 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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I highly recommend this underrated attraction. They not only focus on TN history but also native Americans. They have an amazing collection of President Jackson's artifacts and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I highly recommend this underrated attraction. They not only focus on TN history but also native Americans. They have an amazing collection of President Jackson's artifacts and history as well as other TN Presidents Johnson and Polk. They also have great collections on slavery and the civil war.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoy the State Museum. The grist mill in the frontier exhibit belonged to my great-grandfather; the family donated it to museum in the 1970s. When I'm in Nashville, I like to stop by and see it. My only complaint is that the captions on the pictures are incorrect. The middle photo is George F. Tilson and the bottom is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is free, but donations are encouraged (and should be). The prehistoric and early Tennessee exhibits were excellent. Civil War was a little plain given the location. Layout was a bit confusing at times. Overall, a nice museum that can be done in an afternoon. I would recommend it.

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Bothwell, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had read the reviews of the museum and was really looking forward to going . The museum was excellent and very informative this would be my don't miss of Nashville

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Also good for others who want to whiz through the exhibits, but a lot of detail for history nerds. It does stop in the early 1900s and the World Wars are in another museum. Lots on the Civil War in Tennessee.

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Jackson, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a free museum and well worth seeing. Any Tennessee resident who goes will learn something. The exhibits are well done and I recommend this to anyone.

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tallahassee, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great historical collections displayed in chronological order. This is one of the better state History museums in the Country. Well worth the time to see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had time to spend before dinner so followed signs to Military Museum located in Memorial Auditorium. Nice dioramas and coverage of Spanish-American through Second World Wars. Walked to the main museum, located inside TPAC theatre. Well done, with lots of open displays. New museum opening in 2018!

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Arlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right across from our hotel we couldn't miss out on this free museum with so much Tennessee history. After our visit I would recommend this especially for kids... there were so many special accommodations made for children that I would enjoy taking my own grandkids if I could! Especially the encased mummy!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Exploring the Tennessee State Museum got me excited about history. They have a lot of artifacts ranging from the Civil War to suffrages movements. I liked the Native American section because it was interactive and realistic with the hunters and gatherers, and the fire rolling and the huts. This museum is free and it's worth checking out when your trying... More 

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