Permanent Exhibitions

The State Museum is one of the largest state museums in the nation, and has the largest holding of Civil War artifacts from the western battlefield.  Unique artifacts on display in the museum’s permanent collection include the top hat worn by Andrew Jackson during his 1829 presidential inaugural; a musket that belonged to Daniel Boone; a piano owned and played by Andrew Johnson, and  items that once belonged to David Crockett. In addition, there are special exhibits about African American soldiers in the Civil War, 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and  the women’s suffrage movement. Click here to learn more.