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Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

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#8 of 19 in Museums in Nashville
History Museum Museum
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 nice museum. Three floors. Very neat and nice set up. You're going through American history. Much explanation but also much to see: the Interior of then, carriages, clothing, weapons, you name it. We were here with our children of 6 and 7. Also they found it fun. On several spots related to the museum are small game corners for children. The museum is also completely free! You can give a donation. There is also a souvenir shop. In 2018 is the museum to a new location. One is partly started the move. Some items were already off but when we were there not much. I thought it was a very interesting museum.
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  • Pretty sure they're building a new museum across town, and it's a good thing because it needs updating. Old exhibits can be interesting too, but some of the text that casually dismissed the worst kind...  more »
  • This is a good museum with a mix of ancient through to modern historical displays. We really enjoyed the 1800s display.  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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Stay in downtown, midtown, the west end, or near Vanderbilt to be at the center of it all in Nashville. You'll find plenty of boutique hotels and major chains in all of these areas, which give you great access to the downtown music scene and beyond. While you can find a bit of everything in downtown Nashville, from larger hotels to apartment rentals, keep in mind that more affordable, and often quainter, options are located further from Broadway. Travelers looking to spend most of their time at the Grand Ole Opry should consider accommodations in the Opryland or Music Valley area near the airport.
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