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“Interesting Stop!”

Tennessee State Museum
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US$39.00*
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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 17 September 2017 via mobile

After climbing the hill to see the State Capital Building, I passed the Tennessee State Museum. A young family was coming out and the mom remarked, " Look at how much fun we had, and it was free!". I went in to check it out and really enjoyed the many historical displays. The museum itself was confusing with the various levels which I thought difficult to navigate. It WAS free!

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

We enjoyed this Museum so much, we came back for a full second afternoon. And still didn't get a chance to see it all! So many sections, so many interesting exhibits. Have to hand it to whoever planned this out, the truth of the actual history of Tennessee is told in an unbiased fashion, warts and all. We appreciated the story being told in black and white.

It seems that the museum is being relocated, and some articles were removed from the existing exhibits, but it didn't interfere at all in the stories being told. The Civil War section was especially well done.

Did i mention it was free? So many of the historical exhibits in and around Nashville had admission charges. We passed many up after adding up what the costs would be. Truth be told, we learned all we wanted to at the museum for free. It was uncrowded, unhurried and excellent. Bravo to the planners and staff who have created this wonderful retelling of the history of the land, people and events of Tennessee. Now we have a complete understanding of what Volunteer State means.

We parked at the downtown library building not too far away. It was recommended to us by the kind folks at the Visitors Bureau as 24 hour parking with security. $13 for parking all day. Lots to see and do within a short walk.

Thank tuc7k
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

My boyfriend and I toured this museum. Very nice and interesting! One issue was only had restrooms on one floor, and there were 3 floors. Loved seeing all the portraits of former president Andrew Jackson. Exhibits were very tastefully done. Preserved from the past for all to see. A great place to visit. And another bonus - IT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Children as well as adults would enjoy this place!

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

I found this museum by accident. I decided to go in. I found alot of early Tennessee history. Alot about the flood of 2010 and how the city bounced back to what it is today

1  Thank Geraldjoanne
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

This place is currently preparing to move to a new location in 2018, so some of the exhibits have been removed. Even with that being said, it's a great place to visit. It is FREE to get in. It's on 3 different levels and has a great deal of historical artifacts to look at. There is a good deal of Native American items on display as well as colonial & civil war items from the 1700 and 1800s. If you like history and are in downtown Nashville, visit this place.

1  Thank DesertCreatures
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