Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

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#8 of 19 in Museums in Nashville
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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  • Old display cases, wall charts. This has not much happened in the last few decades. In the United States, the museums do not state subsidies, which certainly contributes to that you can not update. Ambitious but a bit messy arrangement. Those who are interested in the civil war has much to look at.
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  • Free, that makes it even better. Very good displays, on three levels. Not sure why they are moving as the building they are in looks pretty new, perhaps expansion? In any event, go there.  more »
  • We gained our best understanding and perspective of Tennessee during our tour of this museum. It's convenient but we did not see many people going through it. It's actually has a terrific display of e...  more »
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  • Really interesting exhibits with artifacts from area Native Americans and an extensive focus on the civil war. Includes short films and Q & A flash cards making it a great learning experience for children. However, I the entire multi-floor facility, only a SINGLE wall and maybe one portrait is dedicated to African American contributions. They discussed one middle class black family, a traveling band and a couple of women activists. Frankly, it's quite disheartening if you're black but great otherwise! 😊
  • I went to Nashville on a field trip and I loved it! This was the best part because someone taught us about Andrew Jackson and the early days about pneumonia. Great job!
  • Excellent museum. Very clean and organized. The staffs are very polite and helpful.
  • It's really nice, the staff was excellent and really helpful. Really organized, so I didn't get lost. You really learn a lot in there and is free, so it's really great
  • Excellent museum. Seems the exhibits keep going and going. A history of Tennessee from beginning to end.

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