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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
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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"Excellent source of Tennessee History."

To come here you have to be prepared to spend a lot of time because of the vast information about the history of Tennessee, stemming with the old artifacts, about the civil war... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Central Florida, Florida
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Central Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To come here you have to be prepared to spend a lot of time because of the vast information about the history of Tennessee, stemming with the old artifacts, about the civil war, and much much more. The problem with the parking is always a problem with any major city one visit. Thank goodness there is a parking place where... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting place to see some of the history of Tennessee and learn about where we live. Admission is free, and it is a good place to spend a few hours. They often have special exhibits that are very good.

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South River
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is a little tired. Looks like it opened about 25 years ago and was quite a place. The museum is quite old school looking now, tired, dusty and out of place. How many arrowheads can you really look at?

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Thank TimnMartha
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really worth it. Not a fancy building but very good exhibitions about the history of Nashville and Tennesse. Highly recommended!!!

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Nashville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter & I visited the Tennessee State Museum today. The first 30 minutes was spent parking. We hurried through the museum because the longer you stay, the more it costs to park. Yes, the museum is free, but it will cost at least $20 to park. I understand that the museum will be moving to a new location which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would definitely visit again in the future. Three levels ranging from the prehistoric era through the Civil War and more recent Tennessee history.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I do not usually dwell long in dusty old museums but this one is not dusty' and it is a real jewel in Nashville's crown. Filled with art' history' relics of the long gone and the current' this museum deserves a visit. Linda spent an hour reading about the politics of the region's past and I explored the artifacts and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were early for a show at TPAC and were surprised to find such a large museum downstairs. We spent 45 minutes but could easily have spent 1.5 hrs. Very interesting artifacts detailing the history of TN. Would have liked to have seen more history from after the 1920s. History is always growing. I would definitely recommend this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be honest, we were killing time on a frigid day before we went to the airport. We saw that this was a free museum downtown. We were really surprised to see how huge and comprehensive this museum was. Their collections are quite extensive and the museum is actually going to relocate b/c of how large they have become. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

had some time to spare before flying out so we stopped in to the museum. we loved it wandering around lots of displays to look through and you'll learn something.best of all Free Admission.

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