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Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick Street

Mission Statement:

"The mission of the Tennessee State Museum is to procure, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects which relate to the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Tennessee and Tennesseans, and to provide exhibitions and programs for the educational and cultural enrichment of the citizens of the state."

About Us:

The Tennessee State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation with interpretive exhibits beginning with prehistoric Indian artifacts from 15,000 years ago continuing through the early 1900s interpreting Tennessee's history.


Katie Sidorowicz

Monday, March 26, 2018
Great place to spend an afternoon with my kids. We like to come every so often just for fun. There's no entrance fee and it's filled to the brim with information. My 4 year old loves it and my 14 year old asks to come back! Can't wait to visit the museum in its new location once it opens.

Vanessa Blodgett

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The museum is free but parking is not. Prepare to pay a good amount for parking or find cheap parking and walk/uber. The museum was okay, but not great. It could use more interactive features. They are in the process of preparing to open the new Tennessee State museum later this year so some items have already been pulled out to prepare for the move. It's a good day trip with the kids if they are old enough to read the displays and interested in history. If not, you may spend your time there listening to kids ask how much longer.

Ethan Montague

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
went in here to kill a few hours and realized it is absolutely massive. I couldn't finish the museum, not even close. Plus its free to the public! It's worth the visit if you like museums.

briona bozeman

Monday, May 7, 2018
My husband and I are still new to the Nashville area. We enjoyed the museum. Had artifacts missing but excited for the new building to open and look at it all.

Gary Sporer

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Great look at Tennessee history from paleolithic to present, a moderate walk from Broadway. New greatly enlarged facility is scheduled to open later this year, can't wait. Oh, and it's free!

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