• ‘Tennessee Furniture: Selections from the State Museum Collection’ Opens April 20

    Thursday, April 04, 2024 | 07:00am

    Tennessee Furniture: Selections from the Tennessee State Museum Collection opens at the Tennessee State Museum on Saturday, April 20. The exhibition celebrates the Museum’s vast furniture collection and explores the stories of the people and events connected to them. Tennessee Furniture features over 45 pieces of furniture and supporting artifacts ranging from the late 18th century to works by contemporary furniture makers.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Grants $5 Million to Tennessee Museums for Capital Maintenance and Improvements

    Tuesday, November 28, 2023 | 10:00am

    The Tennessee State Museum has granted out $5 million to Tennessee museums and historic sites throughout the state for capital improvements and maintenance. The funding came from monies the Tennessee General Assembly made available in the 2023-2024 Appropriations Act, “for the sole purpose of providing grants to museums with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or affiliated with a governmental entity for capital maintenance and improvements.”

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  • Tennessee State Museum and Fisk University Partner on Rosenwald Schools Symposium

    Monday, August 28, 2023 | 11:18am

    Rosenwald School alumni, historians and the general public are invited to a free two-day event exploring the history and legacy of the schools and the communities that built and preserved them. Building Community, Continuing the Legacy: A Rosenwald Schools of Tennessee Symposium will take place September 15 at Fisk University and September 16 at the Tennessee State Museum. Presented in partnership by both the Tennessee State Museum and Fisk University, with support from the Tennessee State Museum Foundation and a grant from Humanities Tennessee, the event is offered in conjunction with the current Museum exhibition, Building a Bright Future: Black Communities and Rosenwald School in Tennessee, currently on view until February 25, 2024.

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  • Capital Improvements Grants Available for Tennessee Museums through Program with Tennessee State Museum

    Friday, June 30, 2023 | 09:35am

    The Tennessee State Museum will grant out $5 million to Tennessee museums for capital maintenance and improvement projects, the result of an appropriation the Tennessee General Assembly included for improvements to Tennessee museums in the 2023-24 Appropriations Act. Museums must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or affiliated with a governmental entity. Grant applications are open now.

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  • ‘Building a Bright Future: Black Communities and Rosenwald Schools in Tennessee’ to open at Tennessee State Museum

    Wednesday, June 07, 2023 | 02:10pm

    Building a Bright Future: Black Communities and Rosenwald Schools in Tennessee, presented in partnership with Fisk University’s John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, opens at the Tennessee State Museum on Friday, June 16. The community-focused exhibition highlights the work of alumni, descendants, and organizations to preserve the legacies of Rosenwald Schools across the state. It is the second Tennessee State Museum show centered on Rosenwald Schools, following the travelling photography exhibit by Andrew Feiler, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America, which closed in May.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Celebrates Juneteenth on June 10

    Wednesday, May 31, 2023 | 02:22pm

    While Juneteenth is officially celebrated on June 19, the Tennessee State Museum will celebrate the day with a day-long event on Saturday, June 10. This year’s Juneteenth Celebration, “Looking to the Past to Empower the Future,” will feature an edition of our TN Writers | TN Stories series with New York Times bestselling author Sheree Renée Thomas. We'll also have a helpful "In Conversation" event, with a group of panelists who will discuss beginner steps and best practices for preserving your own family history through material culture. Throughout the day, families can enjoy Storytime and craft activities at the Museum. There will also be a dance, poetry and music hour followed by a special panel discussion on preserving Black family history.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Commemorates Statehood Day on June 1

    Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 10:11am

    The Tennessee State Museum will commemorate Tennessee’s 227th birthday on Thursday, June 1 with free Statehood Day events starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. Activities include Tennessee-themed Storytime in the Children's Gallery with guests Miss Tennessee America Lauren Dickson and Miss Tennessee Cosmos Amanda Bell; a keynote lecture from the Museum's chief curator Richard White; print shop demonstrations; highlight tours; cupcakes and more. The Museum joins its neighbors at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Library & Archives in hosting free activities throughout the day.

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  • Tennessee State Museum and Department of General Services Break Ground on Collection Storage Facility

    Tuesday, April 25, 2023 | 08:47am

    The Tennessee State Museum and State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management Division (STREAM) of the Department of General Services broke ground yesterday on a 65,000 square storage facility for the Museum’s collection of art and artifacts. Designed by Gobbell Hays Architects (GHP), the building will be constructed by T.W. Frierson and is expected to be completed in 18-22 months at a cost of $32.5 million. The facility, to be located off Ellington Parkway on state property near the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, will house approximately 140,000 artifacts from the Museum collection, most of which are currently stored in the James K. Polk Building.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Explores the Histories of Black Businesses with Month-long Lunch & Learn Series

    Wednesday, February 01, 2023 | 10:44am

    Throughout the month of February, the Tennessee State Museum will honor the stories of some of Tennessee's most noteworthy historic Black businesses with "The Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship in Tennessee" series. Each Thursday as part of its Lunch & Learn program, beginning February 2, a guest will join the Museum’s curator of social history, Tranae Chatman, for a conversation on how they continue the legacy of their family businesses. Visitors will learn the history of these businesses from a new generation of leaders as they share their own experience and insight into their family history. Events will take place at 12 p.m. Central Time in the Museum's Digital Learning Center, and be livestreamed on the Museum's website at TNMuseum.org/Videos, except where noted.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Receives Southeastern Museums Conference Exhibition Award

    Thursday, September 01, 2022 | 02:05pm

    The Tennessee State Museum is the recipient of the 2022 Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) Silver Award in the over $100,000 budget category for its current exhibition, "Painting the Smokies: Art, Community, and the Making of a National Park." The SEMC Exhibition Competition showcases the best in our profession and provides benchmarks for regional exhibition efforts in southeastern museums.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Explores the Creation of The Great Smoky Mountains Through its Landscape Paintings

    Wednesday, March 30, 2022 | 03:37pm

    Home to the most-visited national park in America, the Great Smoky Mountains have enchanted tourists, nature-lovers and artists for generations. A new exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Painting the Smokies: Art, Community, and the Making of a National Park, invites visitors to examine the history of the park through the work of five visual artists active around the time of its creation, about 1900 to 1940. Placing art in conversation with artifacts, the two-gallery, 8,000 square foot show will open April 22, 2022, and run through January 16, 2023. The exhibition will be complemented by a variety of public programming and digital offerings to be announced soon.

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  • Best of Tennessee Craft 2021 Award Winners Announced

    Monday, November 08, 2021 | 02:19pm

    Tennessee Craft and the Tennessee State Museum are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Best of Tennessee Craft Exhibition, on view at the Museum through February 20, 2022. This juried exhibition celebrates and showcases the exceptional contemporary and traditional craft our state has to offer, providing public visibility and recognition for the quality and diversity of craft found throughout Tennessee. Best in Show went to Nashville’s Beizar Aradini for her fiber/textile work, "My Existence is Political." She is the first Kurdish American to win the exhibition’s top prize.

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