List of museums in Tennessee
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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|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|
|Arrowheads/Aerospace Cultural Center||Manchester||Coffee||Middle||Local history||Includes scale model replicas of famous pioneer and colonial era buildings|
|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|||
|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|||
|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 |
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Ethridge Museum||Ethridge||Lawrence||Middle||Local history|||
|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|||
|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|||
|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|
|Graceland||Memphis||Shelby||West||Historic house||Home of Elvis Presley.|
|Granville Museum||Granville||Jackson||Middle||Local history|||
|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|
|Grundy County Miners Museum||Palmer||Grundy||Middle||Mining||Area coal mining|
|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|
|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|
|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|||
|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|||
|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|
|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|||
|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|
|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|
|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|||
|Old Jail Museum||Winchester||Franklin||Middle||Prison|||
|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|||
|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|
|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|||
|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|
|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|
|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|||
|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|||
|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|
|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|||
|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|
|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|||
|White County Military Museum||Sparta||White||Middle||Military|||
|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|
- Beale Street Police Museum, Memphis, closed in 2005. Media related to Beale Street Police Museum at Wikimedia Commons
- Breweriana Museum, Millersville
- Carbo's Smoky Mountain Police Museum, Pigeon Forge
- Chattanooga History Center, Chattanooga, closed in 2017, collections now at the Chattanooga Public Library and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
- Chattanooga Model Railroad Museum, Chattanooga, closed in 2015, may reopen in the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in the future
- Dinosaur Walk Museum, Pigeon Forge, closed in 2011
- Grand Guitar Museum, Bristol
- Howard H. Baker, Jr. Museum, Knoxville, formerly part of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, closed in 2012, exhibits on display around the facility
- Museum of Tobacco Art and History, Nashville, closed in 1998
- Music Valley Wax Museum, Nashville
- Obion County Museum, Union City, closed in 2012, collections moved to Discovery Park of Americar
- Smoky Mountain Car Museum, Pigeon Forge
- Soda Museum, Springfield, also known as the Museum of Beverage Containers and Advertising
- World of the Unexplained museum, Gatlinburg
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- "Arrowheads/Aerospace Cultural Center". City of Manchster, TN. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Attractions". Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Clay County Museum". Dale Hollow Lake. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
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- "Museums". Sparta Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Dunbar Carver Alumni Museum and Cultural Center". Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Eads Museum". The Alliance for the Cumberlands. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Englewood Textile Museum". Tennessee Overhill Tourism. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
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- "Galen School Museum". TN Vacations. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
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- "Glenn Cardwell Heritage Museum". Pittman Center, TN. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Granville Museum". Granville, Tennessee. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Grundy County Heritage Center Museum". Edgetrekker. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Jackson County Historical Society Museum". High Adventure. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Roadtrip: Mining History". Southeast Tennessee Mining Trail. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Haywood County Museum". Big Black Creek Historical Association. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Attractions". Haywood County, Tennessee. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Jackson County Museum". Edgetrekker. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Jackson County Historical Society Museum". High Adventure. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
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- "Military Memorial Museum". Crossville Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- Dave Jones. "Scott County Museum: Created and Curated by Students". Tennessee TripTales. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Museums". Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
- "Old Jail Museum". Winchester, TN. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Overton County Heritage Museum". TN Tourism. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
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Concurrently, various task forces reviewed the mission of the Baker Center and in 2012 the museum was closed and converted into offices for the Chancellor’s Honors Program and the Modern Political Archives was turned over to UT Libraries Special Collections. As a result, staff was reduced and segments of the museum were moved into locations throughout the building, where they can be viewed today.
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- "Music Valley Wax Museum: Closed". Union City Daily Messenger. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Obion County Museum in Union City closing May 18". Union City Daily Messenger. May 10, 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Smoky Mountain Car Museum, Pigeon Forge TN". Great Smoky Mountains Parkway. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
CLOSED AS OF JULY 12TH, 2012 TENTATIVELY REOPENING LATER IN 2013
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