We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

East Tennesse Historical Society

601 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1604
+1 865-215-8830
Review Highlights

Very interesting museum. I learned a lot about the history of East Tennessee going back to before... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rick G
Very Awesome!

This place is wonderful. It is great for history buffs, and it is also great for those that home... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Terina G
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Read all 247 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good23%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“history center” (23 reviews)
“civil war” (29 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
601 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902-1604
+1 865-215-8830
Write a Review
Reviews (247)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 246 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum. I learned a lot about the history of East Tennessee going back to before the first settlers. Entrance fee is only $4.00 and we spent 2 hours there. Each time period has a video show.

Thank Rick G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is wonderful. It is great for history buffs, and it is also great for those that home educate. They offer several activities each year. It is close to Market Square and is a great place to spend the afternoon.

Thank Terina G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Knoxville during a spell of cold weather and came across this museum near Market Square. We were amazed at the number of artifacts and the quality of the displays. Very interesting history of East Tennessee relative to the rest of the state, especially...More

Thank Skyetop
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped inside to get a flavor of the area from an historical perspective. I wasn't disappointed. The staff was able to recite a timeline of events and cultural intrigue which surpassed my expectations. Hats off to those folks who studied and also lived some of...More

Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I decided to visit the East Tennessee History Center mainly due to it start raining when I enjoying an outside venue and need to past the time. I only was able to enjoy about 50% before leaving, but enjoyed the portions that I saw. The...More

Thank airlink9972
Reviewed 11 October 2017

You can spend an hour if you hurry but why would you? There is so much to see and there are often special exhibts. The day we were there we saw quilts from early Tennessee. Parking is best in one of several garages. We parked...More

Thank Marian D
Reviewed 2 October 2017

and we forget how much history there is in this region. From the original inhabitants to white settlers (for good or bad) to three attempts at statehood, the War of 1812, more settlement, several wars, the TVA, country music, Oak Ridge, &c. All of this...More

Thank tencatdaddy
Reviewed 17 September 2017

I'm from New Zealand so don't know too much about East and West Tennessee history, I found myself at the East Tennessee History Center and thought they did a good job of telling their history in a respectful but factual way.

Thank mummied
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I so thoroughly enjoyed my self at the ETHC, I came specifically to see the paintings of Bud Albers, a local philanthropist, businessman, world traveler and painter. It was a lovely local museum. I actually went in Feb 2016 but there was no mechanism to...More

Thank Jill H
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Did not know what to expect, but was met by a really friendly Museum Curator the museum itself was great but the highlight was seeing Davy Crockets Rifle. A pleasant afternoon.

Thank John W
Nearby Restaurants
The French Market Creperie
562 reviews
.11 km away
Tomato Head
1,043 reviews
.17 km away
Cafe 4
808 reviews
.14 km away
Tupelo Honey
1,321 reviews
.13 km away
Nearby Attractions
Tennessee Theatre
474 reviews
.13 km away
Market Square
2,330 reviews
.22 km away
Sunsphere Tower
462 reviews
.50 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Vickie H
19 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from MikeM3863 | Reviewed this property |
Mountains. Lots and lots of mountains. Go hike or just drive but only do the inside stuff if it is bad weather.
23 February 2016|
Response from roy1916 | Reviewed this property |
Hours: M-F: 9am - 4pm Sat: 10am - 4pm Sun: 1pm - 5pm $4.00 for seniors