Museums | Tennessee Vacation

Tennessee offers incredible museums, from prehistoric animals to our finest cultural achievements and the future of space exploration. Learn about history, art, music and science, all with a Tennessee twist.

See changing exhibits of world-class art at the Frist Center in Nashville, or erase the lines between learning and play at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. Train as an astronaut, and discover the mysteries of our solar system at Nashville’s Adventure Science Center. Explore World War II intrigue and cutting-edge atomic science at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

Tennessee has an extraordinary history, and you can feel its presence in the state’s museums. We even have the prehistoric covered. Check out the Gray Fossil Site and ETSU Museum of Natural History to learn about five million years of Tennessee’s past.

Experience the opulence of the antebellum Southland at Belmont Mansion in Nashville, and learn the story of the shrewd and beautiful Adelicia Acklen. Trace the incredible struggle for human rights and equality at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Since this is Tennessee, music museums are scattered all across the state. Follow the careers of icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Isaac Hayes at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, or feel the rhythm of country music’s past and present at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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