List of museums in Tennessee

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This list of museums in Tennessee encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Location County Region Type Other information
Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Harrogate Claiborne East Biographical Part of Lincoln Memorial University, Lincoln memorabilia and Civil War history and artifacts
Adventure Science Center Nashville Davidson Middle Science Over 175 hands-on science exhibits
Alcatraz East Pigeon Forge Sevier County East Crime museum Formerly operated as the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington, D.C., the museum is dedicated to the history of criminology and penology in the United States.
Alex Haley House and Museum Henning Lauderdale West Historic house Home and the burial place of author Alex Haley
American Museum of Science and Energy Oak Ridge Anderson East Science Focus is on energy, especially nuclear power
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Greeneville Greene East Historic house Home and museum of President Andrew Johnson
Archie Campbell Tourism Complex Bulls Gap Hawkings East Biographical Home and museum of comedian Archie Campbell[1]
Arrowheads/Aerospace Cultural Center Manchester Coffee Middle Local history Includes scale model replicas of famous pioneer and colonial era buildings[2]
Art Museum of the University of Memphis Memphis Shelby East Art Contemporary art, Egyptian antiquities and West African artifacts
Athenaeum Rectory Columbia Maury Middle Historic house Former rectory of the Columbia Female Institute
Austin Peay State University Art Galleries Clarksville Montgomery Middle Art Website, three fine art galleries
Bartlett Museum Bartlett Shelby West Local history Operated by the Bartlett Historical Society in the Nicholas Gotten House
Battles for Chattanooga Electric Map and Museum Lookout Mountain Hamilton East Military Website, three-dimensional electronic battle map presentation of Chattanooga's Civil War history
Bays Mountain Park Kingsport Sullivan East Multiple Nature preserve that includes the Farmstead Museum with antiques and agricultural equipment, a nature center with exhibits on natural history and space exploration, native animals and a planetarium
Beck Cultural Exchange Center Knoxville Knox East Ethnic - African American Website
Beechcraft Heritage Museum Tullahoma Coffee Middle Aviation Website, Beechcraft airplanes and history
Beech River Cultural Center and Museum Lexington Henderson West Local history [3]
Beersheba Springs Historical Society Museum Beersheba Springs Grundy Middle Local history website
Belle Meade Plantation Belle Meade Davidson Middle Historic house Plantation mansion and outbuildings
Belmont Mansion Nashville Davidson Middle Historic house Part of Belmont University, Victorian period mansion
Belmont University Galleries Nashville Davidson Middle Art Website, Leu Art Gallery in the Lila D. Bunch Library and Gallery 121 in the Leu Center for the Visual Arts
Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art Memphis Shelby West Art Formerly the Peabody Place Museum.
Bemis Mill Village Museum Jackson Madison West Local history website, located in a 1900 cotton mill building in Bemis, area and cotton industry history
Bessie Smith Cultural Center Chattanooga Hamilton East African American website, role of African Americans in American history and culture, formerly the Chattanooga African-American Museum
Blockade Runner, Sutlery & Civil War Museum Wartrace Bedford Middle Military Website, Civil War artifacts, uniforms and weapons, located in a store
Blount County Historical Museum Maryville Blount East Local history website
Blount Mansion Knoxville Knox East Historic house Late-18th-century mansion
Bon Air Mountain Historical Society Museum Sparta White Middle Local history website, focuses primarily on the mining and railroad history of the Plateau region, part of the White County Heritage Museum network
Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center Murfreesboro Rutherford Middle Local history Operated by the town, area African American history
Buford Pusser Home and Museum Adamsville McNairy West Biographical Website, home and museum about Sheriff Buford Pusser
Burkle Estate Memphis Shelby West Historic house Also known as the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
Butler Museum Butler Johnson East History Website, Article from Tennessee History for Kids, story of town moved to higher ground to make way for Watauga Lake
Cades Cove Museum Maryville Blount East Local history website, operated by the Cades Cove Preservation Association in the historic Thompson-Brown House, history and culture of Cades Cove
Cannonsburgh Village Murfreesboro Rutherford Middle Open-air Website, reconstructed Southern village with buildings from the 1830s to the 1930s
Carnegie Center for Arts and History Jackson Madison West Local history Cultural center with exhibits about the Civil War and local history, formerly the Discovery Center of West Tennessee
Carnton Plantation Franklin Williamson Middle Historic house Includes mid-19th-century plantation home, Civil War battle site
Carter House Franklin Williamson Middle Historic house mid-19th-century house with Civil War history
Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum Jackson Madison West Railroad Website, includes recreated 1890s train station, restored home of engineer Casey Jones and a life-size replica of Casey's 382 locomotive
C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa Memphis Shelby West Ethnic - Native American Located in T.O. Fuller State Park, part of University of Memphis, archaeological finds from the Mississippian mounds
Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center Chattanooga Hamilton East Military website, located in the Northgate Mall, history of the Medal of Honor and its recipients
Charles Hall Museum Tellico Plains Monroe East Local history Website, regional and Appalachia history, includes historical memorabilia, artifacts, equipment, guns, antique telephones, coins and currency, photos
Chasing Rainbows Pigeon Forge Sevier East Biographical Museum for Dolly Parton located at Dollywood
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art Nashville Davidson Middle Art Holdings include American art, American and British decorative arts, and contemporary art, including outdoor sculpture.
Cherokee & David Crockett Museum & Cultural Center Lawrenceburg Lawrence Middle Ethnic - Native American May be closed
Chester Inn State Historic Site Jonesborough Washington East History Operated by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, exhibits of local history and restore late 10th-century upstairs parlor and dining room
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Chattanooga Hamilton East Military The Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center features exhibits about the Civil War battle site.
Children's Museum of Memphis Memphis Shelby West Children's
Children's Museum of Oak Ridge Oak Ridge Anderson East Children's
Clay County Museum Celina Clay Middle Local history [4]
Clement Railroad Hotel Museum Dickson Dickson Middle Local history Formerly the Hotel Halbrook Railroad & Local History Museum, exhibits on Civil War, railroading, and local and regional history
Coal Miner Railroad Section House Museum Sparta White Middle Mining Area coal mining [5][6]
Cold Springs School Portland Sumner Middle Education Website, one room schoolhouse, operated by the Highland Rim Historical Society
Cookeville Depot Museum Cookeville Putnam Middle Railroad Collection of train cars and railroad memorabilia
Cookeville History Museum Cookeville Putnam Middle Local history website
Coon Creek Science Center Adamsville McNairy West Natural history Part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums, visits limited to organized groups, preserved Upper Cretaceous marine shells and vertebrate remains of the Coon Creek Formation
Cooter's Museum Gatlinburg Sevier East Media Website, store and museum with memorabilia from the Dukes of Hazzard television show
Cooter's Place Nashville Davidson Middle Media Website, store and museum with memorabilia from the Dukes of Hazzard television show
Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park Byrdstown Pickett Middle Biographical Log cabin birthplace and museum about Cordell Hull, politician and Secretary of State under
Cordova Museum Cordova Shelby West Local history website
The Cotton Museum Memphis Shelby West Industry - Cotton Heritage of the cotton industry
Cotton Museum at Green Frog Farm Bells Crockett West Industry Website, story of cotton, its development and affect on local culture, village re-built of historic houses from the area
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Nashville Davidson Middle Hall of fame - Music History and traditions of country music.
Cowan Railroad Museum Cowan Franklin Middle Railroad Website, Article from Tennessee History for Kids
Cragfont Castalian Springs Sumner Middle Historic house Early-19th-century-period house
Creative Discovery Museum Chattanooga Hamilton East Children's
Crescent Bend Knoxville Knox East Historic house Also known as the Armstrong-Lockett House, 1834 home with 18th-century furnishings and decorative arts
Crockett Tavern Museum Morristown Hamblen East Biographical Site of the boyhood home of Davy Crockett, reconstruction of the 1790s John Crockett Tavern
Cumberland Homesteads Tower Museum Crossville Cumberland East History Tower with museum about the 1930s Homesteads project and period house
Customs House Museum and Cultural Center Clarksville Montgomery Middle Multiple Exhibits include art, science, history, Boehm porcelain, model trains; also known as the Clarksville-Montgomery County Museum
David Crockett State Park Lawrenceburg Lawrence Middle Biographical Life and times of Davy Crockett as a pioneer, soldier, politician and industrialist
Davies Manor Memphis Shelby West Historic house Early-19th-century two-story, log & chink home.
Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Limestone Greene East Biographical Includes a replica of Davy Crockett's birth cabin and a museum about his life.
Dickson-Williams Mansion Greeneville Greene East Historic house website, 19th-century mansion, tours operated by Main Street Greeneville
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Murfreesboro Rutherford Middle Nature center
Discovery Park of America Union City Obion West Multiple Local history, science, technology and art
Dixie Gun Works Old Car Museum Union City Obion West Multiple Website, weapons and gun-making equipment, antique automobiles, antique mechanical devices and appendages
Dixon Gallery and Gardens Memphis Shelby West Art Collections include French and American impressionism and 18th-century German porcelain.
Doak House Museum Greeneville Greene East Historic house Website, part of Tusculum College, 1830s period house
Doctor's House Cross Plains Robertson Middle Local history Website, also Cross Plains Heritage Museum
Downtown Gallery Knoxville Knox East Art Website, part of the University of Tennessee
Dragon Dreams Museum and Gift Shop Chattanooga Hamilton East Commodity - Dragon-themed items Website
Ducktown Basin Museum Ducktown Polk East Mining Copper mining at the Burra Burra Mine}
Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum and Cultural Center Brownsville Haywood West African American Achievements of African-American students in Haywood County[7]
Dunlap Coke Ovens Park Dunlap Sequatchie Middle Industry Park contains the remains of 268 beehive coke ovens used in the early 20th century to convert mountain coal into industrial coke, a product used to smelt iron ore
Dyer County Museum Dyersburg Dyer West Local history Website, operated by the Dyer County Historical Society
Eads Museum Carthage Smith Middle History Antiques and more, both local and international[8]
Elm Springs Columbia Maury Middle Historic building Headquarters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
Elvis & Hollywood Legends Museum Pigeon Forge Sevier East Biographical Website, singer Elvis Presley, personal items and movie props from Hollywood actors
Emporium Center Galleries Knoxville Knox East Art Website, operated by the Arts & Cultural Alliance
Englewood Textile Museum Englewood McMinn East Industry - Textile Textile mills and workers[9]
Ethridge Museum Ethridge Lawrence Middle Local history [10]
Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture Knoxville Knox East Art Website, part of University of Tennessee
Exchange Place (Kingsport, Tennessee) Kingsport Sullivan East Living website, 1850s living history Gaines-Preston Farm
Falcon Rest Mansion McMinnville Warren Middle Historic house Website, 1896 Victorian mansion
Falls Mill Belvidere Franklin Middle Textile Also known as the Museum of Power & Industry at Falls Mill, historic former textile mill
Farragut Museum Farragut Knox East Local history Website
Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum Fayetteville Lincoln Middle Local history Located in the former Borden Milk Plant
Fire Museum of Memphis Memphis Shelby West Fire fighting
Fisk University Galleries Nashville Davidson Middle Art website, Carl Van Vechten Gallery and Aaron Douglas Gallery
Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum Sevierville Sevier East Automobile Website
Fort Donelson National Battlefield Dover Stewart Middle Military Visitor center museum with Civil War artifacts and exhibits, remains of two Civil War forts and battlefield
Fort Negley Nashville Davidson Middle Military Includes visitor center with exhibits about the 1862 surrender of Nashville and the building of Fort Negley
Fort Loudoun Vonore Monroe East Military Reconstructed British Colonial fort and interpretive center.
Fort Pillow State Park and Museum Henning Lauderdale West Fort - Civil War History and site of the American Civil War Battle of Fort Pillow.
Fort Southwest Point Kingston Roane East Military Restored federal frontier outpost and visitor center with archaeological and history exhibits.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts Nashville Davidson Middle Art Changing art exhibits.
Galen School Museum Lafayette Macon Middle Local history [11]
General Shale Museum of Ancient Brick Johnson City Washington East Commodity Website, bricks from biblical and pre-biblical times, brick construction, operated by the General Shale company
Giles County Historical Museum Pulaski Giles Middle Local history [12][13]
Girl Scout Museum at Daisy's Place Knoxville Knox East Scouting website
Glenn Cardwell Heritage Museum Pittman Center Sevier East Local history Located in Pittman Center Elementary School[14]
Graceland Memphis Shelby West Historic house Home of Elvis Presley.
Granville Museum Granville Jackson Middle Local history [15]
Gray Fossil Museum Gray Washington East Natural history Fossils from the Gray Fossil Site, officially known as the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Townsend Blount East Open-air Cultural heritage of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains region including Native American history, pioneer and mountaineer history and culture
Green McAdoo Cultural Center Clinton Anderson East Ethnic - African American
Greenback Heritage Museum Greenback Loudon East Local history website
Greeneville Greene County History Museum Greeneville Greene East Local history website, formerly the Nathanael Greene Museum
Grundy County Heritage Center Museum Tracy City Grundy Middle Local history website, operated by the Grundy County Historical Society[16][17]
Grundy County Miners Museum Palmer Grundy Middle Mining Area coal mining[18]
Guinness World Records Gatlinburg Sevier East Amusement
Hands On! Regional Museum Johnson City Washington East Children's Website
Hands-On Science Center Tullahoma Coffee Middle Science Website
Haywood County Museum Brownsville Haywood West Local history Located in the former Haywood High School[19][20]
Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County Murfreesboro Rutherford Middle Local history Website
The Hermitage Hermitage Davidson Middle Historic house Home of U.S. President Andrew Jackson and museum, near Nashville
Historic Collinsville Southside Montgomery Middle Living history mid-19th-century Southern village life
Historic Mansker's Station Goodlettsville Sumner Middle Living website, includes 18th-century Mansker's Fort and 1790s-period Bowen-Campbell House
Historic Rugby Rugby Morgan East Open-air Experimental utopian community with several historic houses and other buildings to tour
Hollywood Star Cars Museum Gatlinburg Sevier East Automobile Website
Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge Pigeon Forge Sevier East Media Wax figures of celebrities including movie stars, television personalities, and music icons.
Houston Museum of Decorative Arts Chattanooga Hamilton East Art website, includes antique glass, ceramics, furniture, music boxes, coverlets and other rare pieces
Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga Hamilton East Art American art including Hudson River School, 19th-century-genre painting, American Impressionism, the Ashcan School, early modernism, regionalism, and post World War II modern and contemporary art
International Rock-a-billy Hall of Fame Jackson Madison West Music - Rock-a-billy Website, memorabilia and videos of rockabilly artists
International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum Chattanooga Hamilton East Transportation Tow trucks and equipment, industry-related displays of collectible toys, tools, pictorial histories of manufacturers
J. Houston Gordon Museum Martin Weakley West Multiple website, part of the University of Tennessee at Martin Paul Meek Library, gallery for changing exhibits in art, decorative arts, photography, culture, science and history
Jackson County Museum Gainesboro Jackson Middle Local history Operated by the Jackson County Historical Society in the Fred Lucas Haile Museum building[21][22]
James K. Polk Ancestral Home Columbia Maury Middle Historic house 19th-century home of President James K. Polk
James D. Vaughan Museum Lawrenceburg Lawrence Middle Music website, honors the "Father of Southern Gospel Music", James David Vaughan
James White's Fort Knoxville Knox East Historic house Early-19th-century log fort cabins
Jasper Regional History Museum Jasper Marion Middle Local history website
Johnsonville State Historic Park New Johnsonville Humphreys Middle Military History of the Battle of Johnsonville
Jonesborough-Washington County History Museum Jonesborough Washington East Local history website, operated by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Kiwanis Cookeville Children's Museum Cookeville Putnam Middle Children's [23]
Knoxville Museum of Art Knoxville Knox East Art Contemporary art
L & N Train Station Clarksville Montgomery Middle Railroad
Lairdland Farm House Cornersville Giles Middle Historic house Mid-19th-century house, tours by appointment
Lane Motor Museum Nashville Davidson Middle Transportation - Automobile Mostly European automobiles, including propeller-powered vehicles, microcars, three wheeled cars, amphibious vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, military vehicles, one of a kind vehicles and prototypes
Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex Norris Anderson East Multiple Located in Norris Dam State Park, includes Lenoir Pioneer Museum with antique household items and tools, the Rice Gristmill and the Crosby Threshing Barn
Lenoir City Museum Lenoir City Loudon East Local history Website
Lichterman Nature Center Memphis Shelby West Nature center Part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums, arboretum, nature center and museum of native wildlife
Little Congress Bicycle Museums Cumberland Gap Claiborne Middle Transportation Website
Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum Townsend Blount East Railroad Website
Loretta Lynn Ranch Hurricane Mills Humphreys West Multiple Website, country music star Loretta Lynn's park, includes the biographical Coal Miner's Daughter Museum, the Plantation Home tour, Frontier Homestead with 19th-century furnished cabins and equipment, Native American Artifacts Museum, Loretta’s Fan & Doll Museum
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Station/Museum Etowah McMinn East Railroad website, departure point for the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Lynn H. Wood Archaeological Museum Collegedale Hamilton East Archaeology Part of Southern Adventist University, ancient Near East objects
Lynnville Railroad Museum Lynville Giles Middle Railroad [24]
Mabry-Hazen House Knoxville Knox East Historic house mid-19th-century house with historic connections
Magevney House Memphis Shelby West Historic house 1850-period Irish immigrant family cottage, part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums
Mallory–Neely House Memphis Shelby West Historic house 19th-century Victorian mansion, part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums
Marble Springs Knoxville Knox East Historic site Also known as Gov. John Sevier Home, late-18th-century home of John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee
Marion County Coal Miners Museum Whitwell Marion Middle Mining website[25]
Matt Gardner Homestead Museum Elkton Giles Middle Historic house Website, early-20th-century farmstead of Matt Gardner, an African American farmer
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture Knoxville Knox East Multiple Part of the University of Tennessee, exhibits include natural history, archaeology, Ancient Egypt, decorative arts, geology and fossils of Tennessee, Tennessee freshwater mussels
McLemore House Museum Franklin Williamson Middle Historic house Exhibits about area African American heritage
McMinn County Living Heritage Museum Athens McMinn East History Website, historic artifacts, antique household items and decorative arts
McNairy County Historical Museum Selmer McNairy West Local history [26]
Meigs County Historical Museum Decatur Meigs East Local history Area history, culture
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Memphis Shelby West Art Collections include Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, and 20th-century artists, English portraiture, contemporary paintings, 19th- and 20th-century sculpture and decorative arts
Memphis Music Hall of Fame Memphis Shelby West Music Memphis musicians
Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum Memphis Shelby West Railroad and Trolley History Historical displays, interactive displays for kids, model train layouts
Memphis Rock N' Soul Museum Memphis Shelby West Music - Rock 'n' Roll Memphis music experience
Military Memorial Museum of the Upper Cumberland Crossville Cumberland East Military Located in the restored 2nd Cumberland County Courthouse[27][28]
Mississippi River Park and Museum Memphis Shelby West Maritime Natural and cultural history of the Lower Mississippi River Valley, including river transportation.
Mitchell Museum Tullahoma Coffee Middle Local history website, located in the South Jackson Civic Center
Monterey Depot Museum Monterey Putnam Middle Railroad website, local and railroad history
Moore County Old Jail Museum Lynchburg Moore Middle Prison Website, operated by the Moore County Historical Society
Mount Pleasant / Maury County Museum of Local History Mount Pleasant Maury Middle Local history Website, includes artifacts relating to the phosphate industry
The Muse Knoxville Knoxville Knox East Children's website, formerly the East Tennessee Discovery Center
Museum at Mountain Home Johnson City Washington East Medical Website, part of the Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University, history of the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Mountain Home and health care in South Central Appalachia
Museum Center at Five Points Cleveland Bradley East Local history History and culture of the Ocoee Region
Museum of Appalachia Norris Anderson East Living Early-20th-century mountain life in the Southern Appalachians.
Museum of Biblical History Collierville Shelby West Archaeological website, archaeological artifacts and exact full-sized replicas of major archaeological discoveries from Bible lands
Museum of East Tennessee History Knoxville Knox East Local history Operated by the East Tennessee Historical Society
Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers Gatlinburg Sevier East Commodity - Salt and pepper shakers Website, Roadside America report, Also known as The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
Museum of Scott County Huntsville Scott East History Website, operated by Scott County High School students[29]
Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Depot and Railroad Museum Jackson Madison West Railroad Website, also known as the Depot Museum
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Nashville Davidson Middle Multiple Includes zoo, 19th-century Grassmere Historic Home and the Grassmere Historic Farm
National Bird Dog Museum Grand Junction Hardeman West Sports Website, home to Bird Dog Foundation, includes National Retriever Museum, Field Trial Hall of Fame
National Civil Rights Museum Memphis Shelby West History Site of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., museum of the events and legacy of the civil right movement
National Ornamental Metal Museum Memphis Shelby West Decorative art Historical and contemporary metalwork, includes a working smithy and foundry for classes
Newbern Depot & Railroad Museum Newbern Dyer West Railroad
Netherland Inn Kingsport Sullivan East Historic house Early-19th-century-period house and inn, also Log Cabin Children’s Museum and Schoolhouse
Oaklands Historic House Museum Murfreesboro Rutherford Middle Historic house 19th-century mansion with Civil War history
Oaklawn Garden Germantown Shelby West Local history Indoor/outdoor museum, park and botanical garden, collects local history and folk life related item, also railroad related exhibits
Old Jail Museum Lawrenceburg Lawrence Middle Prison [30]
Old Jail Museum Winchester Franklin Middle Prison [31]
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park Manchester Coffee Middle Archaeology Prehistoric Native American structure and museum.
Overton County Heritage Museum Livingston Overton Middle Local history [32]
Paris-Henry County Heritage Center Paris Henry West Local history Website
Parsons Area Historical Museum Parsons Decatur West Local history Website
Parthenon Nashville Davidson Middle Art 1897 full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, now an art museum with American art and changing exhibits.
Patton House Museum Cookeville Putnam Middle Doll Also known as the Cookeville Doll Museum, features 2,000 dolls and doll furniture[33]
Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium Memphis Shelby West Multiple Cultural and natural history of Memphis and the Mid-South; part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums
Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park Pinson Madison West Archaeological Artifacts from the park's 15 Native American mounds
Pioneer Hall Museum Pleasant Hill Cumberland East Local history [34][35]
President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library Greeneville Greene East Biographical Part of Tusculum College, exhibits and personal artifacts of the Johnson family and Johnson's personal library
Ralph J. Passarella Museum Loretto Lawrence Middle History Includes newspapers, magazines, books, toys, tools, quilts, medical equipment, telephone receivers, telephone operator's switchboards, soda fountain, wood burning kitchen stove, vintage clothing[36]
Ramsey House Knoxville Knox East Historic house Early-19th-century-period house
Rattle and Snap Columbia Maury Middle Historic house mid-19th-century plantation home
Red Clay State Park Cleveland Bradley East Native American Museum about the 19th-century Cherokee, park at site of last seat of Cherokee government before the 1838 enforcement of the Indian Removal Act of 1830
Reece Museum Johnson City Washington East Multiple Website, part of East Tennessee State University, history & art, also known as B. Carroll Reece Memorial Museum
Rhea County Courthouse and Museum Dayton Rhea East History Site of the Scopes Trial and museum
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum Gatlinburg Sevier East Oddities
Rippavilla Plantation Spring Hill Maury Middle Historic house mid-19th-century plantation mansion
Robertson County History Museum Springfield Robertson Middle Local history website, operated by the Robertson County Historical Society
Rock Castle Hendersonville Sumner Middle Historic house Late 18th period house and outbuildings
Rocky Mount State Historic Site Piney Flats Sullivan East Living Home of William Blount, territorial governor, recreates the year 1791
Rose Center Morristown Hamblen East Art; local history Located in the former Rose School, built in 1892
Rose Mont Gallatin Sumner Middle Historic house 19th-century Greek Revival house
Roy Acuff Union Museum and Library Maynardville Union East Local history website, operated by the Union County Historical Society
Rusty's TV & Movie Car Museum Jackson Madison West Media website, over 25 cars that have been used in movies and TV and TV and movie memorabilia
Sam Davis Home Smyrna Rutherford Middle Historic house Website, mid-19th-century home of Confederate courier Sam Davis
Sam Davis Museum Pulaski Giles Middle Military Site where Confederate hero Sam Davis was executed, includes Civil war artifacts[37][38]
Sam Houston Schoolhouse Maryville Blount East School One room log schoolhouse where Sam Houston once taught
Scarritt-Bennett Center Laskey Gallery Nashville Davidson Middle Art Website, public exhibitions about racial equality, women’s empowerment, intercultural understanding, and spiritual formation
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Vonore Monroe East Ethnic - Native American website, history and culture of the Cherokee Indians, life of Cherokee hero Sequoyah
Sevier County Heritage Museum Sevierville Sevier East Local history [39][40]
Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park Pall Mall Fentress Middle Biographical Includes family farm and museum of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York
Shiloh National Military Park Savannah Hardin Middle Military Includes two visitor centers with Civil War exhibits
Smith County Heritage Museum Carthage Smith Middle Local history website
South Pittsburg Heritage Museum South Pittsburg Marion Middle Local history website, operated by the South Pittsburg Historic Preservation Society
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum Knoxville Knox East Railroad Working antique locomotives and rolling stock
Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame Pigeon Forge Sevier East Hall of fame - Music Located in Dollywood
Southern Museum and Galleries of Photography, Culture and History McMinnville Warren East Local history [41][42]
Sparta Rock House Sparta White Middle Historic house 19th-century toll house
Stax Museum of American Soul Music Memphis Shelby West Music - Industry Museum about Stax Records, a major factor in the creation of the Southern soul and Memphis soul music styles and more.
Stones River National Battlefield Murfreesboro Rutherford Middle Military Visitor center museum and tours of historic Civil War battlefield
Sumner County Museum Gallatin Sumner Middle Local history Website
Sun Studio Memphis Shelby West Music - Industry Historic recording studio where many famous artists made records
Sutton Homestead & Pioneer Village Granville Jackson Middle Open air website, includes guided tours of historic original home and furniture, a grist mill shop, blacksmith shop, weaving shop, Agriculture Museum, 1820 Log Cabin and homestead, 1950’s Gulf Service Station, Antique Car & Transportation Museum
Sweetwater Heritage Museum Sweetwater Monroe East Local history Information
Swift Aircraft Museum Athens McMinn East Aviation Website, Globe Swift aircraft, located at the McMinn County Airport
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park Elizabethton Carter East Multiple Includes the reconstructed American Revolutionary War Fort Watauga, a visitor center with exhibits and the late-18th-century John and Landon Carter Mansion
Tennessee Agricultural Museum Nashville Davidson Middle Open-air Collection of home and farm artifacts from the 19th century and early 20th century along with rural Tennessee prints and folk art sculptures
Tennessee Central Railway Museum Nashville Davidson Middle Railroad Historic trains, railroad artifacts and memorabilia
Tennessee Governor's Mansion Nashville Davidson Middle Historic house Tours by advanced reservation
Tennessee Museum of Aviation Sevierville Sevier East Aviation Website, located at the Gatlinburg–Pigeon Forge Airport, features restored WWII aircraft
Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life Spring Hill Maury Middle Agriculture Located behind Rippavilla Plantation, features hrse and mule drawn equipment dating back to the early 1800s[43]
Tennessee Newspaper and Printing Museum Rogersville Hawkins East Media website, operated by the Rogersville Heritage Association, replica 18th, 19th and early 20th-century print shops
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Nashville Davidson Middle Sports Located in the Bridgestone Arena
Tennessee River Folklife Museum Eva Benton West Culture Located in Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm Camden Benton West Industry Website, includes museum about freshwater pearls and the musseling industry, TN History for Kids article
Tennessee River Museum Savannah Hardin West Local history Website
Tennessee State Museum Nashville Davidson Middle History History of the state of Tennessee, includes Military Branch Museum, tours of the Tennessee State Capitol
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Chattanooga Hamilton East Railroad Heritage railroad and equipment
Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum Wartrace Bedford Middle Equestrian All aspects of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry
Tipton County Museum Covington Tipton West Local history Website
Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site Johnson City Washington East Historic house 19th-century farm estate and outbuildings
Titanic Pigeon Forge Sevier East Maritime Artifacts from the RMS Titanic
Todd Gallery Murfreesboro Rutherford Middle Art website, part of Middle Tennessee State University
Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum Nashville Davidson Middle Historic house Life and work of John Overton, Overton Plantation, Nashville in the Civil War
Treasuring the Word Rare Bible & Book Museum Sevierville Sevier East Religious Website, history of the Bible’s progression into the English language
Trenton Teapot Museum Trenton Gibson West Commodity - Teapot website
Trousdale Place Gallatin Sumner Middle Historic house 1813 home of John H. Bowen, local attorney and member of the United States House of Representatives, and of governor of Tennessee William Trousdale
Tulip Grove Nashville Davidson Middle Historic house Antebellum Greek Revival house
Tullahoma Fine Arts Center Tullahoma Coffee Middle Art Website, includes fine art gallery with changing exhibits
Twin Cities Railroad Museum South Fulton Obion West Railroad website
Unicoi County Historical Society Museum Erwin Unicoi East Local history [44][45]
University of the South Art Gallery Sewanee Franklin Middle Art website
Vanderbilt University Galleries Nashville Davidson Middle Art website
Veterans' Museum Halls Lauderdale West Aviation Located at the former Dyersburg Army Air Base, a training facility during World War II for B-17 pilots, now Arnold Field (Tennessee)
Vonore Heritage Museum Vonore Monroe East Local history website
W. C. Handy Museum Memphis Shelby West Historic house, music history website, operated by Heritage Tours, Memphis, home of W. C. Handy, known as the "Father of the Blues"
Warren County Heritage Center and Museum McMinnville Warren East Local history Website[46]
West Tennessee Agricultural Museum Milan Gibson West Agriculture website, operated by the agricultural experiment station of the University of Tennessee, includes tools, equipment and displays of agriculture and agrarian life in West Tennessee
West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center Brownsville Haywood West Multiple website, includes West Tennessee Cotton Museum, West Tennessee Music Museum, Hatchie River Museum, Sleepy John Estes Home, Felsenthal Lincoln Collection, Flagg Grove School with Tina Turner memorabilia
West Tennessee Cultural Heritage Museum Jackson Madison West Local history Website
West Tennessee Regional Art Center Humboldt Gibson West Art Website
White County Heritage Museum Sparta White Middle Local history [47]
White County Military Museum Sparta White Middle Military [48]
Willie Nelson and Friends Museum Nashville Davidson Middle Music Website, country musician Willie Nelson and country music history
Wilson County Museum Lebanon Wilson Middle Local history Open Sunday afternoons
Woodruff-Fontaine House Memphis Shelby West Historic house 1870 Victorian mansion
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Knoxville Knox East Hall of fame - Sports Honors men and women who have contributed to the sport of women's basketball
Wyatt Archaeological Museum Cornersville Marshall Middle Archaeology Website, Noah's Ark theories and archaeological work done by Ron Wyatt
Wynnewood State Historic Area Castalian Springs Sumner Middle Historic house Early-19th-century log inn house

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