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Finished in 1859, the historic Tennessee State Capitol is one of the oldest working capitols in the country and designated as a civil engineering landmark for its innovative construction. The distinctive tower is designed after the monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece. The architect, William Strickland, died in 1854 and is entombed above the cornerstone. The exterior and interior walls are massive blocks of limestone. Numerous ghost stories are associated with the architect and Samuel Dold Morgan, chairman of the building committee, with whom he frequently argued. During the Union occupation of Nashville (1862-65), the Capitol was tranformed into Fortress Andrew Johnson. The artillery located there never had to be fired in battle, but were used for drills and celebrations. The Capitol, still in use by state government, features numerous works of art, historical murals and frescos, portraits, massive chandeliers, the House and Senate chambers and library, and the Governor's Office. The grounds include the tomb of President and Mrs. James K. Polk, the famous equestrian statue of President Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans, and statues of President Andrew Johnson and Sam Davis, "Boy Hero of the Confederacy," World War I hero Sgt. Alvin York, and Senator Edward W. Carmack. Guided tours are available on Monday - Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. and last from 30 minutes to an hour.

Hours for Women’s Suffrage Tour (Fridays at 1 p.m.)

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which happened in Tennessee on August 18, 1920, The Tennessee State Museum offers a new guided Women’s Suffrage-themed tour of the historic Tennessee State Capitol. The tour tells the story of women’s suffrage, which secured the right to vote for women nationwide, in the place where it happened. Join us to learn more about the movement in Tennessee, how local suffragists mobilized support and what happened in those fateful moments leading up to the climactic vote in the House Chamber. Approximate tour time: 45 minutes.

All regular and Women's Suffrage tours begin at the Information Desk on the first floor. No reservations are required.

Groups of ten or more should make a reservation prior to their visit by filling out the Field Trip request for here: https://tnmuseum.org/field-trips-and-reservations.

Please note: the Tennessee State Capitol is closed to visitors on weekends and state holidays. Click here for a list of state holidays.

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Front of Tennessee State Capitol
Front of Tennessee State Capitol
House Chambers
House Chambers
state capitol cupola
State Capitol Cupola
Governor's Reception Area
Governor's Reception Area
Capitol Grounds
Capitol Grounds
South side of State Capitol
South side of State Capitol
Tennessee State Capitol

600 Dr. Martin L King, Jr. Blvd., at the top of Capitol Hill.
Nashville, TN 37243

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