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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
+1 800-407-4324
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
Downtown Nashville
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit to the TN State Museum. My children are home-schooled and it was great for them to see the history we have been learning "come to life." We understand that there is a bigger, better museum coming soon, but we think...More

Thank Kara M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really looking forward to learning about Tennessee's history while I was in Nashville for the weekend. When I saw this Museum had that quality I knew I had to visit. Signage wasn't too great, I didn't know where the entrance was to the...More

Thank Lucyj96
Reviewed 1 week ago

If it wasn't freaking freezing outside we probably would not have visited but since it was, there we were, at least it was free. About a third of the exhibits have been removed in anticipation to the relocation of this museum, which I hope will...More

Thank Atalanta8
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tennessee State Museum is a very good local museum, but you want to wait a few months before you visit. The current museum is in a 70's complex made mostly of concrete that also includes state offices across from the capital. In a few...More

Thank ElaineAndGreg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are interested in seeing the best of Tennessee history, come to the state museum. it is spacious, artifacts are well displayed and best of all it is free. Don't forget to also visit the Military wing of the Museum if you have time...More

Thank lamarbradley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I keep my expectations in check when I know a museum is free. In this case, that helped me feel like my expectations were greatly exceeded. What often interests me about southern history museums is how they describe the expulsion and extermination of Native Americans...More

Thank Resis
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had not been to this attraction since 1998. Was a great museum then and still is a great one now. Very friendly staff. Great Exhibits. Understand new Museum being built. Great exhibits pertaining to pre Columbian indigenous peoples. Very informative displays about early Statehood.Even though...More

Thank James L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to see and learn. Parking isn’t free, but the museum is. The museum is moving to another location soon, so some exhibits had already moved to the new location.

Thank Abby W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were quite surprised by the Tennessee State Museum. The exhibits were very informative. They are in process of moving locations, so some of the exhibits were missing. The only negative is that the exhibits didn't seem to flow very well from one period to...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Given the positive reviews on TripAdvisor, I was very disappointed at the museum. It has a large number of items and some interesting pieces, but it fails to tell a story and lacks interactive media to engage with the history of Tennessee. Many exhibits are...More

Thank Justin B
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12 March 2017|
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Response from iTRAVELwithSTYLE | Property representative |
Also, there may be parking spots available at at the Bicentennial State Park which is few blocks away. Nashville has a free bright green bus that you can pick up near there and it will take you uptown.