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“Extensive and detailed history of the state”

Tennessee State Museum
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Ranked #28 of 257 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 19 September 2017

We went to the museum not expecting something so big. Spent about 6 hours there, but we like reading absolutely everything. I'd skip the first part that talks about hunters/gatherers as we found the most interesting part of the museum to be last.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Free, downtown and captivating even for my five year old. We'll definitely be back. We only had one hour but there's three floors worth of exhibits.

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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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