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Military Branch Museum

The Military Museum's permanent exhibits.


The Tennessee State Museum will reopen to the public beginning on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 10 a.m., welcoming visitors back to experience Tennessee history, art, and culture from the state’s natural history beginnings through the present day. The Museum has taken the Tennessee Pledge and is committed to protecting the customers that it serves. In preparation for its reopening, the Museum is sharing important information regarding safety guidelines on its main website at Please visit the site to familiarize yourself with these new guidelines.

A branch of the Tennessee State Museum, the Military Branch Museum is located in the historic War Memorial Building. Exhibitions explore America’s overseas conflicts, beginning with the Spanish-American War in 1898 and ending with the Global War on Terror.There is no admission charge to the Military Branch Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.

The Military Branch galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

The Military Branch Museum is closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.

301 6th Ave. North, in downtown Nashville, inside the historic War Memorial Building on Legislative Plaza. The entrance is on the left side of the building near the Vietnam War Memorial. The entrance which offers safety ramps for accessibility is located off of Union Street on the south end of Legislative Plaza and there is also a ramp off of M.L. King Blvd. at the north end of Legislative Plaza across from Capitol Hill.

Originally built in 1925 to honor those Tennesseans who served in the First World War, the Museum was initially established by the state legislature to house veteran’s souvenirs beginning with the Spanish-American War. It has since grown to include military engagements throughout the twentieth century to more recent conflicts.

Tennessee State Museum
Ashley Howell, Executive Director

1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208
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