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Tennessee State Museum

From mastodon bones to dugout canoes, cotton gins to 12-string guitars, it’s easy to follow the trail of Tennessee history at this museum.

The Tennessee State Museum has a strong focus on the history of the South and holds one of the largest Civil War Collections in the USA. Its permanent exhibits cover more than 60,000 square feet (5,574 square meters) with an additional 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) devoted to ever-changing showcases. Set aside half a day to fully explore its many treasures.

The museum’s permanent exhibits are arranged in chronological order, making navigation easy. Start your visit by investigating the First Tennesseans exhibit. Here you’ll see relics from prehistoric and ancient Indian cultures, such as a shaman’s medicine tube.

Next, move to the Frontier section, which traces the often-bloody footsteps of the Spanish conquistadors, the English and French explorers, and the early European settlers. Step inside a log cabin and admire a covered Conestoga wagon, just two of the many full-scale replicas within the museum.

Learn about the state’s development in The Age of Jackson, dedicated to the life and times of the Southern general and plantation owner who became the seventh president of the United States. Then move on to the Antebellum section to admire the crafts, artworks and finery of a prosperous pre-Civil War Tennessee.

Look for the revolver once owned by Nathan Bedford Forrest, the infamous Confederate soldier turned Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, in the extensive Civil War and Reconstruction section.

Follow the stories of women's suffrage and Prohibition in the final permanent display, The New South. This section also contains many fine examples of crafts from the late 1800s and early 1900s, including a renowned collection of Tennessee pottery.

The museum resides on the bottom three floors of the James K. Polk Center near the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. It’s open Tuesday to Saturday, with the exception of major holidays. Paid parking is available in the adjacent parking garages, or on the street. The free Music City Circulator bus stops at the museum.


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    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Nashville, this hotel is steps from Hank Williams Jr. Museum and Nashville Broadway. Vanderbilt University and Bridgestone Arena are also within 15 minutes. Nashville Riverfront Station is 22 minutes by foot.

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    301 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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      310 4th Avenue South, Nashville, TN
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        1715 Broadway, Nashville, TN
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          117 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Omni Nashville Hotel

              250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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