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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37243
Downtown Nashville
+1 800-407-4324
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Reviewed yesterday

My entire family enjoyed this museum and agreed that it's the best museum we have visited. We have not visited the Smithsonian, though, so ?????? This museum has history from earlier native societies through colonial times, civil war, and antebellum years. It was very enlightening....More

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We are Canadians and visited the museum as a quick History lesson before touring around the state on our summer holidays. It is a very good museum and is a great (and free!) way to spend an hour or two, especially if it is pouring...More

Thank tbrittain
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The museum offers a variety of historical information, from the paleo-Indians to post Civil War. There was a traveling art exhibit from a Tennessean as well. It's great for kids as well and I highly recommend visiting!

Thank Philip K
Reviewed 5 days ago

I visited this museum after having lunch with my brother who work upstairs. It was well organized and interesting to a new comer to the state.

Thank johnnydaigle
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit, and spent time reading as much as possible with two kids aged 10 and 8 along. The kids found many things to look at that interested them as well. There are benches to sit on in the museum if you...More

Thank vhale1955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum to take the whole family to. The history of Tennessee is laid out for all who want to hear. Being completely free, definitely a gem to go and see. Staff was awesome:)

Thank kareneajl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is very well put together. While some sections are outdated, it is to be noted that a new is one is being built. The exhibits are interesting, and many are engaging. The staff is friendly, and we were greeted and informed about this...More

Thank Eleni B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is a very good free museum. However, they are building a new location for it and I bet that it won't be free much longer. It provides a look into the past of Tennessee. The first floor starts with Native Americans and as you...More

Thank CDS8903AI
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an outstanding visit to the Tennessee State Museum. I only wish we had a few more hours to spend that day. However, we will be headed back very soon.

Thank robertdtn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While our state's history is very important, it seemed the entire museum was just one giant love letter to Andrew Jackson. I have no problem with talking about his impact on our state, but I would suggest some of that space and effort be afforded...More

Thank Brittany B
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Is there Parking onsite or close by for 30 ft RV?
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.