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Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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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  • Definitely a must see. Free admission. Parking is a nightmare but no fault of the museum. Lots of stuff to see for all ages. 
  • An excellent museum especially considering it's free. This would be a great way to kill time on a rainy day. 
  • plenty to see and spend an afternoon there. lots of historical information and things to see. This museum is on 3 floors and lifts and ramps so disabled people can visit. It was free to visit and very...  read more »
  • Pretty interesting place to kill an afternoon now and then. Priced right (free if I remember right). Texas State Museum was a tourist trap by comparison.
  • Biased perspective of history that glorifes the Confederacy a large percentage of the time. There were some non-Confederate history but it was few and far between. While they glorified the Confederates, there was no attempt to balance the other side. Between the lack of Tennessee history not related to the Confederacy, the labyrinth like layout, and the failure of recognition of KKK as a terrorist group, this place sucks. Go here if you want a to have place to celebrate the "Old South " without other perspectives.
  • Pretty awesome for a state museum. 2.5 floors with displays from paleo to modern era. Mostly geared toward school aged children, but my 8 year old thought the so-called "reading corner" was super lame, as it was just one shelf of kids' books, and freezing cold. The quilt display was gorgeous, for women of all ages, and a nice break from all the war stuff.
  • It is free to enter. Nice displays from native Indians till reconstruction. The gift shop has cute little trinkets that represent Nashville's history. The staff was very helpful. Great place to visit while in Nashville.
  • Great free museum. 3 levels with lots of stuff covering from the Native Americans forward. Spent 2 hours there and could probably have spent another hour but it was closing. Most impressive were the pre-contact Native American artifacts and the pioneers tools.
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