Ancient and Modern Tennessee
Museums can feel overwhelming—there’s pressure to see “everything.” Luckily, the Tennessee State Museum has organized a guided Cultural Highlights tour so that you won’t miss a trick.
This is especially necessary because the new Tennessee State Museum, which opened late last year, is one of the largest in the nation. Clocking in at 137,000 square feet, there’s a lot to enjoy. The museum presents a balanced history of the state from the prehistoric to the postmodern, with a collection that includes ancient fossil tapirs, modern music paraphernalia, and quirky objects like President Andrew Jackson’s inaugural hat.
While the Cultural Highlights tour is a great way to absorb local history and see the best the museum has to offer, you might choose to wander on your own path. Just hold onto your map, and try not to miss Andrew Jackson’s hat.