History is right at your fingertips at this FREE admission museum in Nashville! The Tennessee State Museum is filled with fascinating exhibits - both permanent and rotating - to educate and inform on the rich history of the state.
Kids can learn all about the region pre-European settlers and the nations that lived on the lands. They can read up on the Civil War and the impact it had on the state and country, and of course how the state has changed and developed over time.
The museum explains the natural history of the state and what makes it so special, which is also great for kids because they can understand why it is so important for us to look after our planet!
Don't miss checking out the Children's Gallery, which does have different hours to the museum but it's perfect for kids as it encourages children ages 3 year to 8 years to explore, play, and discover Tennessee’s history and culture, all in a hands-on way.
Then there is TSM Kids! On the website you can explore the portal, offering resources that will help kids and their families learn and interact with Tennessee history. If you subscribe to the newsletter too, you can receive updates on weekly activities, plus blogs and videos of all things Tennessee!
The Children's Gallery is a great place for kids to drop in and have some fun! It operates on different opening hours than the main museum, so check on the website before you go
There isn't an in-store cafe at the museum, but there are SO many great options in the immediate area, including the popular Nashville Farmers Market
The Museum is conveniently located at the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street, adjacent to the Nashville Farmers’ Market at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Free parking is available in lot shared by the Museum and the Farmers’ Market.
In-person Guided Tours and field trips are available. They also offer Lunch & Learn lectures too!
With the same hours as the museum, the Museum Store is where you can pick up a number of handmade items from artisans throughout Tennessee, along with state history-related merchandise, a vast collection of books, specialty gift items, local foods and apparel.
The museum is completely accessible to all visitors, and if you need a wheelchair just put in a request at the Visitor Desk. If you want to call ahead to speak to them, they welcome that!
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Monday: Closed Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m
Open year round but closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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