New Tennessee State Museum Opens Its Doors

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The Tennessee State Museum will open its doors in its brand-new home on the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, in view of the State Capitol and just steps from the Nashville Farmer’s Market and First Tennessee Park, where the Nashville Sounds play baseball. The grand new space will house all of the museum’s permanent collection of historical and cultural artifacts together, and will display them in what’s called the Tennessee Time Tunnel. Visitors will, quite literally, be able to walk through Tennessee history, beginning with the state’s geological development and first peoples, and moving through sections on the Southeastern American Indians, Overmountain People, free and enslaved African Americans, the Creek War and War of 1812, Andrew Jackson, the Trail of Tears, President Polk and westward expansion. The museum has some of the best holdings in the nation on the Civil War, so a significant part of the permanent collection focuses on the war and reconstruction. The New South, Women’s Suffrage, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and civil rights are also represented in the collection.

The museum will have six temporary galleries to house special exhibits. In October, the museum will open with exhibits on Tennessee’s musical heritage, World War I and museum collecting, as well as three art exhibitions – one on Tennessee art before 1900, one on Tennessee art after 1900 and another on Nashville-born artist Red Grooms. Visit to get a preview of the new facility.

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