Visitors will find special displays of Tennessee-made furniture, silver, weapons, quilts, and paintings. There is also a life-size water wheel and reproductions of an 18th century print shop, pioneer cabin, Antebellum parlor and Victorian painting gallery. The Tennessee State Museum’s Civil War holdings of uniforms, battle flags and weapons are among the finest in the nation.
The museum also has many one-of-a-kind items associated with such famous Americans as Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boone, James K. Polk, Andrew Johnson, David Crockett, Sam Houston, Alvin York and Cordell Hull. In addition, there are special exhibits about African American soldiers in the Civil War, a free black family living in Knoxville before 1860 and the women’s suffrage movement.
The Military Museum, a branch of the Tennessee State Museum, is located in the War Memorial Building across the street from the main museum. Exhibits deal with America's overseas conflicts, beginning with the Spanish-American War in 1898 and ending with World War II in 1945.