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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 St, Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number:
+1 800-407-4324
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Free, interesting with helpful staff and a celebrity doppelganger

It was a rainy day so this was the perfect way to spend the time and learn alot too. And with free admission. I had a few bags with me mainly of souvenirs I had picked up during... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a rainy day so this was the perfect way to spend the time and learn alot too. And with free admission. I had a few bags with me mainly of souvenirs I had picked up during the day.One of the staff asked would I be more comfortable checking in the bags so I could go around without cutting... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Husband and I stopped here on a rainy day in Nashville, it was nice to learn about the history of Tenessee. My husband found the mummy the most interesting part of the museum. You could easy spend an entire day here trying to read everything they have displayed. Otherwise if you skim you can fill three or so hours.

Thank Lori E
Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a nice museum, and it has a few really interesting exhibits. Plus it's free which is always nice. However, it was very clearly finished in the 80s and has not received much tlc besides general upkeep. There's not much here that you wouldn't find at any other museum in the south.

Thank Kelli T
N. Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of interesting things to see. Beautiful furniture, room layout, log cabin, old wagon and a room with beautiful quilts to name just a few of what there is on show. Allow a few hours as it is so interesting. A free museum.

Thank RiceNI
Dundas, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice well laid out museum. Learned a lot about the state's history. Would have loved to learn more, especially the time after the civil war to today. This museum is Free which was nice since we found other Nashville venues to be over priced. We were in Memphis the week before and the cost of venues was far more... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the trip if you want to learn more about Tennessee history. Unfortunately there were several classes of 1-2 graders making it hard to enjoy has they were running wild and free even though with adults.

Thank Jill0519
Elizabethtown, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good and cheap way to spend 1-2 hours if in downtown Nashville. Visited with kids ages 5, 8, and 15. Pretty nice Civil War section, but rest didn't really interest kids. Free parking in any government lot on weekends. Traveled in RV and easy in/out.

Thank Etonian30
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Tennessee State Museum had many interesting items on exhibit - dinosaur bones, Civil War artifacts, paintings, replica of a settlers cabin, quilts, uniforms. It was laid out nicely, well lit, and not crowded. The staff was friendly, helpful and they seemed so proud of the museum. We enjoyed looking around and stayed 2 and a half hours.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A good museum at the right price - free. Chronicles the history of Tennessee from earliest times to present day. Looking forward to another visit to see the new facility.

Thank Ted M
Lebanon, Ohio
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent four and a half hours. A gem in down town that did not cost a fortune. the arms section across the street was well worth the walk. I liked the Indian section. My wife the painting..

Thank plevin2017

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