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Oddities and artifacts abound in the permanent collections of the free-to-the-public Tennessee State Museum, together they tell the story of this particular swath of the American South from 12,000 years ago to the early 1900s. The main exhibit space consumes the ground floor of the massive office tower at the James K. Polk Cultural Center, and is divided into six eras such as the “First Tennesseans,” “Civil War and Reconstruction,” and the “New South.” The Military Branch Museum, a vestige of the museum’s former nearby location in the War Memorial Building prior to its 1981 move, is run separately and offers an in depth look into major battles from the Spanish American War to World War II featuring weapons, uniforms, flags and personal items from Tennessee soldiers.

Among the more unusual finds in the main space are a 3,600-year-old mummy brought by Tennessean merchant marine to the state during the prosperous antebellum period, a Frontier-era log cabin showing colonial life, mastodon bones, a huge collection of quits, a hand-drawn Confederate battle field map, a covered wagon, a horse-drawn fire engine with brass water pump, Daniel Boone’s cutlery set and pocket knife, an early model of a flying machine, a moonshine sill, a model of a white wooden riverboat, Andrew Jackson’s personal items and a leather jacket once worn by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower during his role as a WWII General. Rotating exhibitions keep things fresh and have included artwork from Japanese museums, the original Emancipation Proclamation, photographs of Elvis and a collaborative exhibit with the adjacent Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Tennessee’s African American musical heritage. Though captivating for school children and adults, there is little interactive here to entertain families with very young children. Plans for a shiny new State Museum, proposed for a location along Bicentennial Mall a few blocks away, are in the works.

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45 Minute Narrated Ride

45 Minute Narrated Ride

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45 Minute Private Narrated Ride of Downtown Nashville Our popular 45 Minute Private Narrated Ride of Downtown Nashville has all the sites offered in our 20 minute tour plus much more. This ride includes hotspots such as the 5 Star Historical Presidential Hotel The Hermitage, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Arena, The Johnny Cash Museum, Riverfront Park, Hard Rock Cafe, The Wild Horse Saloon, Well known Printers Alley where Jimi Hendrix got his start, The Tennessee State Capitol Building, The War Memorial Building, Nashville Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Museum, The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, and other tourist attractions and insight into various poplar dining establishments around our great city. Pickup and Drop-off at 100 Broadway downtown Nashville only
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Cinderella Princess 45 Minute Ride

Cinderella Princess 45 Minute Ride

The Cinderella These are some of the finest most beautiful carriages in the world, and Sugar Creek Carriages is proud to offer them for any special occasion. It features the Cinderella canopy along with all the elaborate detail that goes along with these carriages “finest carriages in the world” title. **Sights maybe altered due to traffic conditions or city issue due to police diverting routes for construction reason.
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45 Minute Narrated Ride 7 to 9 people

45 Minute Narrated Ride 7 to 9 people

Our popular 45 Minute Private Narrated Ride of Downtown Nashville has all the sites offered in our 20 minute tour plus much more. This ride includes hotspots such as the 5 Star Historical Presidential Hotel The Hermitage, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Arena, The Johnny Cash Museum, Riverfront Park, Hard Rock Cafe, The Wild Horse Saloon, Well known Printers Alley where Jimi Hendrix got his start, The Tennessee State Capitol Building, The War Memorial Building, Nashville Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Museum, The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, and other tourist attractions and insight into various poplar dining establishments around our great city. •••Sights maybe altered due to traffic conditions or city issue due to police diverting routes for construction reason.
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Cinderella 30 Minute Narrated Ride

Cinderella 30 Minute Narrated Ride

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The Cinderella These are some of the finest most beautiful carriages in the world, and Sugar Creek Carriages is proud to offer them for any special occasion. It features the Cinderella canopy along with all the elaborate detail that goes along with these carriages “finest carriages in the world” title. •••Sights maybe altered due to traffic conditions or city issue due to police diverting routes for construction reason.
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What are Tennessee State Museum hours of operation?
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Tennessee State Museum hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. til 5 p.m. and closed on major holidays. . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tennessee State Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 4 Tennessee State Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Tennessee State Museum 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tennessee State Museum costs USD 128.16. Guided Tennessee State Museum tours start around USD 128.16 per person. See all 4 Tennessee State Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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