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  • Tennessee State Museum to Commemorate 225 Years of Tennessee’s Statehood

    Tuesday, March 02, 2021 | 08:00am

    The Tennessee State Museum will commemorate the 225th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood in 2021 with Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collection, a self-guided tour within the Museum’s galleries complemented by an online exhibition, showcasing 100 artifacts from the Museum’s collection across five key themes.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Receives Prestigious Urban Land Institute Award

    Thursday, October 01, 2020 | 07:40pm

    The Tennessee State Museum has received an Excellence in Development Award from the Nashville Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in the Large Public Sector Project category. The Museum was one of seven private- and public-sector projects to be recognized at ULI-Nashville’s virtual award gala on Tuesday, September 29.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Commemorates 75 Years of United Nations with Display of Cordell Hull’s Nobel Peace Prize and Additional Programming

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 11:13am

    The Tennessee State Museum will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations by recognizing Tennessee-native Cordell Hull, whom President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called “The Father of the United Nations,” with a special temporary display from October 13-24, 2020. Titled Cordell Hull: Tennessee’s Father of the United Nations, the display will include the rare exhibition of Hull’s 1945 Nobel Peace Prize medal, on loan from the Friends of Cordell Hull, Pickett County, Tennessee. Born near present-day Byrdstown, Tennessee, Hull was awarded the medal in 1945 in recognition of his work creating the United Nations. It will be displayed along with several other items on loan from the Friends of Cordell Hull, Picket County, including Hull’s Nobel Peace Prize certificate and a bound first charter of the United Nations signed by Hull and others. A portrait of Hull by Casimir Gregory Stapko painted about 1945 from the State Museum’s collection will also be on exhibit.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Reopens to Visitors on July 1

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 08:30am

    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 the following important information, also made available on the Museum’s website at

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  • Tennessee State Museum Receives Prestigious National Recognition

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 07:00am

    – The Tennessee State Museum has received prestigious recognition from two major national museum organizations. The Museum has been re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition signifying excellence afforded the nation’s museums. In addition, the Museum is a recipient of an Award of Excellence from The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) for its 2019-20 exhibition, Let’s Eat! Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 75th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

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  • Statement Regarding the Temporary Closing of the Tennessee State Museum

    Friday, March 13, 2020 | 05:48pm

    In an abundance of caution for the protection of our visitors and our collection, the Tennessee State Museum will close to the public effective at 5:00 p.m. today, March 13 and remain closed through April 3. A public closure allows for the proper disinfecting protocol without damage to the artifacts and their displays. The closure also includes the Military Branch of the Museum at War Memorial.

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  • UPDATED: Tennessee State Museum Explores the History of Women’s Suffrage in Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote

    Monday, March 09, 2020 | 10:28am

    UPDATED TO REFLECT NEW OPENING DATE - The stories of Tennesseans’ roles within the women’s suffrage movement – culminating with Tennessee’s ratification of the 19th amendment 100 years ago – are at the heart of a new 8,000 square-foot, two gallery exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum. Ratified! Tennessee Women and the Right to Vote opens April 24, 2020, and runs through March 28, 2021.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Closes Let’s Eat! Exhibition with Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams ‘In Conversation’

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 11:25am

    The Tennessee State Museum will mark the closing of its exhibition, Let’s Eat! Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food, on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with a special “In Conversation” event featuring mother and daughter, Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams, authors of Soul Food Love (Clarkson Potter, 2015). The event is free and open to the public.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Presents “Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History”

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 12:06pm

    Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical sensation, Hamilton, comes to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) December 31, 2019 - January 19, 2020. Coinciding with the musical’s run, the Tennessee State Museum will present a unique lecture event on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., “Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History” with University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell. In this talk, which has been presented to sold-out audiences at the Smithsonian, the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh and a dozens of other cultural institutions throughout the country, Dr. Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business.

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  • Tennessee State Museum’s Military Branch to Close for Six Weeks for Exhibition Updates

    Thursday, November 07, 2019 | 11:28am

    The Tennessee State Museum Military Branch, an outpost of the Museum located in historic War Memorial Building in downtown Nashville, will close for approximately six weeks this fall in order to update its exhibitions. The Branch is scheduled to close to the public on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 and reopen on Friday, December 13, 2019. Because the Military Branch is traditionally closed on Sundays and Mondays, it’s last day open to the public before the temporary closing will be Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Partners with Tenement Museum on Your Story, Our Story Initiative

    Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 11:01am

    The Tennessee State Museum, through a partnership with the Tenement Museum in New York City, invites Tennesseans throughout the state to share personal stories of cultural identity, American immigration and migration through their everyday objects. Your Story, Our Story, is a national initiative of the Tenement Museum and its partners across the United States. It works with museums, colleges, schools, libraries, and community groups who all contribute stories from their part of the United States, with the goal of uncovering the patterns and differences of our experiences across the country. Users can explore stories from across the country, upload a story that carries meaning in your family, and join the Tenement Museum and Tennessee State Museum, in telling the stories of American migration and cultural identity.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Designated as Part of Tennessee Music Pathways Trail

    Monday, September 09, 2019 | 04:02pm

    The Tennessee State Museum has been officially designated as a stop on the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development’s statewide Tennessee Music Pathways trail. The designation, marked with a sign near the Museum’s Rosa L. Parks entrance at its Nashville location and an entry on the Music Pathways website, recognizes the Museum’s significance in identifying, explaining and preserving the legacy of music in Tennessee. Music Pathways locations connect visitors to the people, places and genres significant to music history.

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  • Tennessee State Museum and Nashville Opera to Present Performance of Samuel Barber/James Agee Composition, “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”

    Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 02:24pm

    The Tennessee State Museum, in partnership with Nashville Opera, will present a free performance for voice and piano of American composer Samuel Barber’s 1947 classic, “Knoxville: Summer of 1915,” in the Grand Hall of the Museum on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The composition, based on Knoxville-native James Agee’s 1938 prose poem of the same name, will help mark the final day of the Museum exhibition, Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts.”

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Ashley Howell, Executive Director

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Nashville, TN 37208
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