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Tennessee State Museum, Nashville
(4.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Featuring special sections dedicated to Native American cultures, colonial explorers, and European settlers, Tennessee State Museum offers history buffs of all ages an entertaining and educational insight into the state's colorful past. With more than 5,500 sq m (60,000 sq ft) of permanent exhibits, this is Nashville's largest museum, featuring a vast collection of uniforms, weapons, and flags from the Civil War. The museum also houses some of history's quirkier artifacts, like a hat Andrew Jackson wore for his presidential inauguration, Davy Crockett's powder horn, and a wine chest used by Mexican President Santa Ana. The museum store offers handmade crafts and jewelry, as well as Tennessee-themed magnets, posters, mugs, and caps. Put Tennessee State Museum into our Nashville vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Very informative tour. Artifacts from the early days of Tennessee all the way to today. Location sort of confusing at first, bottom floor if the performing arts center in downtown. Ample parking all a...  more »
  • Tennessee State Museum is on three floors under the complex housing several theaters, rehearsal space, and an architecturally unique office building. Ostensibly created to house items related to Tenne...  more »
  • I was very impressed by how many artifacts they had. For a free museum, I was very impressed. We spent a good hour there and it was a welcome relief from the summer heat. Staff was very friendly. They...  more »
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  • The Tennessee State Museum has a lot of great exhibits spanning from the earliest humans in the state to modern times. There are 3 levels, and the exhibits are varied and interesting. Completely free and definitely worth a morning or afternoon stop.
  • So much to do and great for a homeschool family! The price is great to, FREE! Parking is a bit of a pickle though.
  • My wife and I had a great time here. The only thing I think should be improved upon would be clear signs directing you. Other than that, it was a great place to visit and it didn't cost us anything.
  • It's a wonderful free museum, which is absolutely worth visiting. It has an extensive native American section which was great. Hope to come back!
  • Great museum since it is free, doesn't take too terribly long to go through. Impressive display on Jackson.