Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

4.5
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Tennessee State Museum and other Nashville attractions using our handy Nashville online trip builder .
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  • Wow. We did not budget enough time for this wonderful museum. Initially, we thought we could see the whole thing in about an hour, but ended up having to rush through the last half of it because we ra...  more »
  • Requires some looking to find the entrance. Even state employees were a bit confused as to "Where is the entrance". But well worth the effort and the best price in town; FREE!  more »
  • okay, a bit hard to find and street parking can be challenge but well worth it. Free admission, not crowded and has a true detailed history of tennessee. Better than other State museums.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • We love this museum! It has corners for little kids to enjoy that include building, art, and books. ADMISSION IS FREE! It also has LOTS of exhibits that cover the entire history of the area, from prehistoric to mid 20th century. It focuses on TN's statehood, the Civil War, and into the Antebellum period. My favorite section is the painted portraits. It's small, but they're all very well done and special. Definitely a place to visit if you enjoy history.
  • Improving! They have made a lot of changes and have been improving a lot. I'm kinda surprised at how many people don't know about this place. It's got a lot of historical artifacts that you honestly wouldn't expect. Like a Mastodon and Saber Tooth Tiger skull, a mummy, and a lot more. It's definitely really cool and there's a lot to see. I've been there multiple times and I haven't even been through it all. It's truly amazing and not to mention, IT'S FREE!!!!!! Thank you Tennessee
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