• More Than $25 Million Committed in Private Donations to New Tennessee State Museum Project

    Monday, October 09, 2017 | 11:10am

    Supporters include corporations, foundations and individuals from across the state

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State Museum today announced that fundraising efforts for the new museum have progressed well, with more than $25 million committed by corporations, foundations and individuals statewide during the campaign’s initial “silent phase.”

    “It is exciting to have more than half of our goal committed, and we look forward to broadening our fundraising efforts now that the first phase is complete,” Tennessee State Museum Executive Director Ashley Howell said.

    “A great state deserves a great museum, and we are building a 100-year museum that will provide a memorable experience to visitors of all ages,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.  “I am grateful to everyone who has supported the project to date, and appreciate their commitment to this educational asset for Tennessee.”

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  • State Museum Commission will hold its next meeting on Monday, October 9 at Zoo Knoxville

    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | 11:56am

    NASHVILLE— October 3, 2017— The next meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, in the Lee Congleton Board Room, Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914.

    Prior to the Quarterly Commission meeting the By-Laws Operating Policies Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The Commission Audit Finance Committee will take place at 11 a.m. EDT. All meetings are open to the general public and will take place in the Lee Congleton Board Room at Zoo Knoxville.

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  • The Tennessee State Museum Presented With Apparel Chosen by Tina Turner

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 9:09am

    The Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School and the Tennessee State Museum are proud to announce the generous gift of apparel from the internationally-acclaimed entertainer Tina Turner. This iconic look selected for an album promo shoot will be added to the collection of the State Museum and exhibited in the new museum opening in the fall of 2018.

    In a ceremony held on September 19 at the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School in Brownsville, TN, officials from Tennessee State joined Tina Turner’s longtime friend and Executive Personal Assistant Rhonda Graam and Tina Turner Museum Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark, to debut the ensemble which was personally selected by the Tennessee native and international music icon.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Wins Multiple Awards

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 12:16pm

    Nashville, TN — March 23, 2017 — The Tennessee State Museum was recognized with eight different awards at the Tennessee Association of Museums Awards Ceremony last week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

    Awards of Excellence were presented for the following projects:

    Temporary Exhibit: “I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage.”
    Exhibit Component: Burgner Musical Desk AV Presentation 
    Educational Programming: Lunch & Learn Series 
    Publication: 2016 Education Programs Poster

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  • Tennessee State Museum to Receive Gift of Artist Red Grooms Graphic Works

    Monday, July 11, 2016 | 4:29pm

    NASHVILLE — July 11, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that it has entered into a promised gift agreement with Walter and Sarah Knestrick of Nashville to receive a donation of 238 graphic artworks created by internationally acclaimed artist Red Grooms. Additionally, the museum will receive 52 commercially printed posters as part of the gift.

    Grooms, who was born and raised in Nashville, currently resides in New York City and maintains a home near Beersheba Springs, TN. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, as well as in Europe, and Japan. Grooms’ art is included in the collections of more than 39 museums, including the State Museum.

    Knestrick, the retired founder of Walter Knestrick Contractor, Inc. and a longtime friend of the State Museum, was a boyhood classmate of Grooms. He began collecting Grooms’ prints in the 1970s and has helped organize traveling exhibitions of the works since the 1980s.

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  • The Exhibition on the History of Tennessee’s War Memorial Building Extended

    Thursday, June 09, 2016 | 4:11pm

    NASHVILLE – June 9, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that its exhibition, Remembering the World War I Doughboy: The History of Tennessee’s War Memorial, on view at the Military Branch Museum, has been extended until December 31, 2016, due to popular demand.

    The exhibit, originally slated to conclude on June 11, highlights the history behind the War Memorial Building which was built in 1925 as a result of Tennessee’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who fought and died in World War I.

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