There is no admission charge to museum exhibits. Occasionally, the museum charges admission to special temporary exhibits.

Unique artifacts on display at the Tennessee State Museum include the top hat worn by Andrew Jackson during his 1829 presidential inaugural; a musket that belonged to Daniel Boone; the jawbone of a mastodon, estimated to be 15,000 years old; a piano owned and played by Andrew Johnson; early ceremonial pottery from 3,000 years ago; and an Egyptian mummy, almost 3,500 years old, that was first brought to Tennessee and exhibited at the State Capitol in 1860.