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East Tennessee History Center

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Address: 601 S Gay St, P. O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN
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+1 865-215-8830
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun 13:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

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Excellent place for people that are involved in genealogy and just get information

Have found information on my family and other people families such as when they got married, where they lived, etc., back in the 1700's and 1800's. They have information on... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Dixie H
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Have found information on my family and other people families such as when they got married, where they lived, etc., back in the 1700's and 1800's. They have information on Tennessee and other states also.

Thank Dixie H
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

I am from Knoxville, and I am interested in genealogy, so this museum touches all the bases for me. The museum portion is free on Sundays (as is downtown parking) and reasonable the rest of the time ($5/$4 senior). It has a permanent collection and a room for changing exhibits, so it is worth several visits a year for the... More 

Thank traines51 .
Augusta, GA
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1,250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 480 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

We got here late and only had about 25-30 minutes to visit the museum, but we got the general gist of the city's roots, the era of a divided Tennessee, some Civil War knowledge, musical significance and a real trolley. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Kay M
Knoxville, Tennessee
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135 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

impressive for its size but still a small museum. Worth the stop if you are downtown in Knoxville. The people were very nice and it is a great spot to slow down on a hot day and learn a little history.

Thank MikeM3863
Reliance, Tennessee
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Very nice museum for $5 for adults, $4 for 55 and older. Permanent display is about the general history of East Tennessee from the perspective of the European settlers with some exhibits on slaves. The special exhibit is on marble quarries in East Tennessee, which is very well done. IF you are town and have a couple of hours, I... More 

Thank John M
Basel, Switzerland
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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Being an overseas visitor, I was interested in knowing more about the local history and I was not disappointed. The displays take you through different aspects of Tennessee's history. As there is quite a bit of reading to do, it is probably less suied for younger kids, but other than that I cannot fault it. I thoroughly enjoyed the two... More 

Thank L V
Maryville, Tennessee
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272 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to visit to learn about local history with excellent artifacts and detailed personal histories of the people and places of EasT Tennessee. Take a few hours and roam. Well worth the visit!

Thank wmtip
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

A great review of the history of this area from the Indian's who originally lived here through the civil war, the TVA project and the world's fair in 1982.

Thank Melmusing
Memphis, Tennessee
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Spent an hour walking through museum but, you need to stay for 2 or 3 hours to see everything thoroughly. Very good collection of historical items and displays from east Tennessee history. Each display followed a theme related to native American, early settlers, civil war, farming, mountain life, TVA, industry, music etc. Great display of pharmacy and apothecary shop.

1 Thank Jerry G
Brampton, Canada
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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

Two hour free parking, two local country groups playing outside, and inside, great music. This place sells discounted tickets to see 8 of the original home in the area, we were able to see 6.

Thank Ehazell

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