If you’re looking for a fun day trip or a weekend getaway, consider visiting one of the many museums in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. From art and history museums to science museums to music museums, there’s something for everyone in this great state. Here are 8 museums rated 5 stars by tourists!
- Titanic Museum Attraction (Pigeon Forge)
Experience the life and stories of those who were transported onboard Titanic, brought to you by the fun crew of Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. As you walk through the exhibits, a card about the passengers on Titanic will be given to each visitor. The information learned from reading these profiles can help people better understand and honor the 2,208 Passengers & Crew by learning their stories. Some of the amazing things you could experience here are touching a growing iceberg (yes!), See the World’s Largest TITANIC Ship built of 56,000 LEGO Blocks, and so much more!
Bring your kids for an enjoyable interactive experience! No worries for international visitors because there’s an Audio Tour included and is available in English, German, Mandarin & Spanish.
Location: 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
ADULT AGE 13 and Up: $35.00 + tax
AGES 5-12: $15 + tax
AGE 4 and under: Free
FAMILY PASS: $115 + tax (2 adults & up to 4-children ages 18 and under)
*RESERVATION IS REQUIRED (Visit www.titanicpigeonforge.com)
2. Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville)
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If you’re looking for a chill museum visit with your family and friends, or alone (’cause why not?) Head out to KMA!
The Knoxville Museum of Art is home to one of the most diverse collections in East Tennessee, with works from around the world. The permanent exhibits offer an introduction to this rich culture, old and new, of the Southern Appalachians. Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee, a permanent exhibition of works from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth century, spotlights the compelling and heretofore largely unknown visual arts legacy of Knoxville and the region. The Admission is FREE!
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Location: 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive Knoxville, TN 37916
Admission Rates: Free
Step into the village and be transported to a time when life was simpler. You can see how pioneers lived out their lives, living in Cannonsburgh Village Murfreesboro representing more than 100 years of early Tennessee history! Cannonsburgh, the original name for Murfreesboro, is a reconstructed Southern village with a gristmill, one-room schoolhouse, town hall, log home, church, general store, and a working blacksmith’s shop that serve as reminders of life in pioneer times. See the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket at Cannonsburgh Village.
Location: 312 S. Front St. Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Admission Rates:: Free self-guided walking tours
2. Customs House Museum and Cultural Center (Clarksville)
The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville is a great place to visit if you’re looking for something more than just history. The museum has over 35000 square feet of space filled with science, and art pieces from all around the world as well as an extensive collection of Tennessee-based culture!
Location: 200 S. Second St. Clarksville, TN 37040
$12 Adults (18-64)
$9 Adult Military, College Students, Seniors (65+) and CMCSS Teachers
$5 Children (3-17)
Free for children 2 and under
Free for Museum Members
The Museum also offers a monthly FREE admission day, which is the second Saturday of every month.
- Graceland (Memphis)
Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis Tennessee is open daily with tours that allow you to see all aspects of his custom jets and other memorabilia he left behind.
You can also go shopping at our new entertainment complex where there will be something for every fan! The all-new Graceland Exhibition Center features three rotating exhibits, the TCB Food Hall and Jungle Room Bar.
Location: 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116
- Ultimate VIP Tour $196.00
- Elvis Entourage VIP $128.00
- Elvis Experience Tour $44.00 – $77.00
- Elvis Presley’s Memphis + Planes $27.00 – $48.00
2. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum (Nashville)
Your museum trip in Tennessee wouldn’t be complete if you don’t go to a music-related museum.
Musicians from all genres of music are honored at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. You can find some truly historic artifacts inside the museum. For example, you’ll be able to see instruments played on original recordings by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Hank Williams Sr., as well as George Harrison! There’s also a lot that covers music history from before World War II all the way up until contemporary times with artists like The Supremes (a group known best for their number one hit “You Make Me Feel Like) Hearing Things”, Frank Sinatra, the iconic Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Chicago and more!
Location: 401 Gay Street Nashville, TN 37219
CHILD (6-17) : $15.00
UNLIMITED YEARLY PASS: $75