Tennessee State Museum

#8 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
Tennessee State Museum
Courtesy of the Tennessee State Museum

Key Info

1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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Located in downtown Nashville next to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Museum preserves the unique and storied history of the Volunteer State. The large museum showcases permanent exhibits that display the heritage of Tennessee's natural history; Native American history; military and sporting history; and Civil War history. Plus, there are rotating temporary cultural and art exhibits on display as well. A number of attractions at this museum specifically cater to children, and the museum hosts many events and educational programs on-site throughout the year. Recent visitors said the attraction is beautiful and informative, with many recent reviewers saying they appreciated the free admission.

The museum is located near multiple shops and restaurants, and it is within walking distance of other attractions like the Tennessee State Capitol and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The Tennessee State Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday) and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., though hours vary depending on the day of the week. Free parking is available near the attraction and there are a number of bus stops nearby. For more information, visit the Tennessee State Museum's website.

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