The Tennessee State Museum is located in the James K. Polk Center at 505 Deaderick Street in Nashville. The museum is three floors totaling 120,000 square feet of total space, with exhibits of more than 60,000 square feet. This museum is free but don't come on Mondays because it is closed.
The exhibits are about Tennessee starting with the ancient Indian civilizations, the early settlers like Daniel Boone, through the Civil War.
The above picture is about the Indians of Tennessee called the Mississippians. They were mostly farmers that lived on the banks of the Harpeth River, just to the west of Nashville. They would build mounds and elevate important buildings. They would also build walls around the complex which would serve to protect against animals and other tribes. It is amazing how many displays they have of this era.
This display above is about the earliest part of Tennessee History. The time when It was mostly wooded and trade with the Indians was important. The displays show settlers clothing, guns, tools and anything else that was important to survive.
This is one of the wagons that were used for travel. It is full sized and there are displays around it that go into more detail about its use.
This display shows what a military camp of the Civil War would look like. They are sitting around the fire with whatever comforts they had, which wasn't much. The museum has a lot of displays like this to not only show what they had, but also give a feeling of the hardships that they encountered.
As you can see how some of the displays are setup, but also look at the high ceilings. All floors have these high ceilings. They even have a town in the lowest floor. This museum is in a basement. The first floor of the museum is down stairs from the first floor of the James K. Polk Center.
There are two more floors of the museum going down. They all have high ceilings. There are elevators for them that can't take stairs and at the end of the tour, take an escalator back up. As you leave, please go visit the museum store and check out what they have on the shelves.
Here is a YouTube video about the Tennessee State Museum.
If you would like to know the address of the Tennessee State Museum,
it is 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37243-1120, Phone
615-741-2692, TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324, or Email at
The hours are Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
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