Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

4.5
#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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  • September 20, 2017
    Overall we enjoyed our visit to this museum and thought it was a great attraction if you are travelling on a budget. The exhibitions were interesting and delivered a good history of Tennessee, from th...  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    We went to the museum not expecting something so big. Spent about 6 hours there, but we like reading absolutely everything. I'd skip the first part that talks about hunters/gatherers as we found the m...  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    Free, downtown and captivating even for my five year old. We'll definitely be back. We only had one hour but there's three floors worth of exhibits.  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    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! 😊
  • May 31, 2017
    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!
  • July 8, 2017
    Excellent museum. Very clean and organized. The staffs are very polite and helpful.
  • May 20, 2017
    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
  • June 29, 2017
    Excellent museum. Seems the exhibits keep going and going. A history of Tennessee from beginning to end.

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