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.


Joe Barnosky

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

This is definitely a great place to go. There are three levels full of artifacts, replicas, informational videos and a ton of history. There is something here for everyone, no matter your age. The best part is that it is free. There are a few artifacts missing, and there are little cards that say so for the, I assume much bigger museum they have planned and currently building that is due to be finished in 2018. Wasn't too crowded which was nice and there are a lot of places to sit. We toured the capital grounds first and went to the military museum, so the seats came in handy. There are restrooms next to the gift shop which is also convenient especially if you have young ones. There are also several elevators placed throughout for those wishing to not take the stairs.

Ashling Moran

Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

I was very impressed with this free resource in Nashville and sorry I didn't have more time to explore. Nicely presented exhibitions without feeling overloaded with information. Some amazing artefacts. I loved the Mastodon fossils and dug out canoe in particular. A nice way to pass a couple of hours. I don't know whether there are any/ many interactive style exhibits for children/families so I'm not sure how quickly they would get bored but it's definitely good for adults. Friendly staff also.

Keri El Armali

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

This is an amazing museum and it's completely free! I spent hours here exploring the many exhibits. They have multiple floors with antiques, pictures, videos, and interactive models. This is a must see place for the family.

Melinda Muyargas

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

A great place to spend a couple hours. The museum is completely free, and there's so much history to see. It's GREAT for anyone into American history. I was just traveling through Tennessee, not interested in it's personal history at all, but it had so much great stuff about American history as a whole...and especially a lot about Andrew Jackson. Very glad we stopped here on our road trip.

blake emamalie

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Great museum for the whole family! Learn a lot from local history to everything else. A must do for anyone. From concerts and magician's to live theater. They have it all, with great prices on everything. A wonderful date nite for anyone! TPAC is a must do