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The Tennessee State Museum is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 4, at its new location at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Although details have not been released, grand opening events are expected to take place throughout the weekend.

About the museum

The 137,000-square-foot, two-floor facility is designed to tell the Tennessee story with interactive exhibits and multi-media presentations. 

Inside you'll find a "Tennessee Time Tunnel," which is the anchor of the museum. The "tunnel" features artifacts, exhibits and stories from its permanent collection with media and interactives.

Side detours leading into six different galleries will allow visitors to explore specific periods and themes, including Tennessee's Civil War history, music, art and cultural issues of the day.

What they said

“A lot of work has gone into not only building the new Museum but carefully transporting all of the historic art, artifacts, documents, and more that has been part of the Museum over the years,” Ashley Howell, executive director of the Tennessee State Museum, said in a release. “Everything is leading up to the opening of the new Museum ... Best of all, the State Museum will continue to offer free admission for our many visitors.”

The new museum is expected to host more than 220,000 visitors annually, more than 100,000 than at its former location at the James K. Polk building.

Additional information about grand opening activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Learn more about the museum in the clip below:


Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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