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Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

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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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  • Great museum to take the whole family to. The history of Tennessee is laid out for all who want to hear. Being completely free, definitely a gem to go and see. Staff was awesome:)  more »
  • This museum is very well put together. While some sections are outdated, it is to be noted that a new is one is being built. The exhibits are interesting, and many are engaging. The staff is friendly,...  more »
  • It is a very good free museum. However, they are building a new location for it and I bet that it won't be free much longer. It provides a look into the past of Tennessee. The first floor starts with ...  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!
  • 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
  • We loved it! My 3 and 4yr old enjoyed it as well it's a good place to go that's free if you love historical things
  • A must see if in the Nashville area. The best part is it's free. Lots about the history of Tennessee, and you'll learn things you never knew about Tennessee.