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Visit Area Museums in Tennessee

From railroad museums to Civil War exhibits, learn about Tennessee history with a tour of popular cultural attractions.

Clement Railroad Hotel Museum

Found easily by Interstate 40, the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum is a historic attraction set in the western Nashville metro area. Located on Main Street in Dickson, the museum showcases Tennessee railroads, Civil War exhibits, and local history.

The Clement Railroad Hotel Museum was formerly the Halbrook Hotel – built in 1913 and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Established in 2009, the museum is known as Dickson’s "biggest artifact."

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Located on the Cumberland River, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is located in the entertainment district of Nashville. This museum strives to educate its visitors on the history of country music, and to promote country music traditions in Music City.

Since 1967, the museum has been home to "America's Music" – and the $37-million building opened in 2001 as a key fixture in the Nashville skyline. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum houses an impressive collection of video clips, recordings exhibits, a museum store, on-site café, and live performances.

Cooter’s Place

Also known as the Dukes of Hazzard Museum, the Cooter’s Place is open daily in Nashville, Tennessee. The free Dukes of Hazzard Museum & Shops features original costumes and memorabilia from the beloved television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Be sure to get a photo of the iconic General Lee, catch a cast member signing, and browse through the “all things Hazzard” gift shop. Cooter’s Museum also features a second location in Gatlinburg.

East Tennessee History Center

Operated by the East Tennessee Historical Society, the East Tennessee History Center features the Museum of East Tennessee History – open daily in the Tennessee city of Knoxville. The center is also home to the McClung Historical Collection and the Knox County Archives.

Permanent exhibits include “The East Tennessee Streetscape” and “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee” – showcasing the Cherokee Indians, Tennessee’s frontier days, Civil War, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, emergence of country music, and the Civil Rights movements.

Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum

Housed in the old Borden Milk Plant, the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum & Civic Center is located in Fayetteville. The museum showcases an expansive collection of exhibits, artifacts and photographs depicting the area's history. Stroll through the Space & Missile Command exhibit, the military exhibit, the medical exhibit, and more for a glimpse into the past.

The Agricultural Exhibit is the largest collection in Tennessee. Walk through the one room schoolhouse and the Country Store & Post Office. While in the area, schedule time to visit historic Lynchburg and the world-famous Jack Daniel Distillery.

Gordon Browning Museum

With a wealth of top attractions, pleasant and welcoming cities, and many of the country's best music-themed sites, Tennessee is world class city for tourists. Out in the western region, be sure to plan for a stay in the city of McKenzie, a charming and warm destination.

Once there, do not miss your chance to explore the Gordon Browning Museum. This publicly supported museum is a repository for images, documents, and general artifacts representative of the history and culture of Carrol County – where McKenzie is located. It's open year round and can be found along Main Street and Banner Row.

Hunter Museum of American Art

There are many unforgettable and exceptional experiences to find in Tennessee. Plan your next visit to the Volunteer State and explore one of the great art displays in the south – the Hunter Museum of American Art. You'll find the Hunter Museum of American Art just north of downtown Chattanooga along the banks of the Tennessee River.

Built in 1906, the Hunter Museum of American Art was designed to look like a classical revival mansion. Within the Hunter Museum, you'll find the most complete collection of American art in the entirety of the southeast USA. The Hunter Museum is open to the public each day of the week, and hosts a variety of guided and non-guided tours.

The Johnny Cash Museum

A must for country music fans, the Johnny Cash Museum is set in downtown Nashville on the Cumberland River. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the museum is a comprehensive collection of memorabilia all dedicated to the Man in Black.

Established in 2013, the Johnny Cash Museum is authorized by the Estate of Johnny Cash. Nashville visitors may browse artifacts of Cash and June Carter, check out the gift shop, or even rent the space for private events.

Lotz House Civil War Museum

Explore the rich, local history and tradition in Franklin, one of the most charming and quaint cities in all of middle Tennessee. Visit the Lotz House Civil War Museum and discover an array of interesting and intriguing tid-bits and artifacts about the roll Franklin played in the Civil War.

Visit the Lotz House Civil War Museum and you'll learn about the Lotz Family, and see one of the largest collections of Civil War antiques in all of the South. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1976, the Lotz House is right near the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin, which proved to be one of the most deadly in all of the Civil War.

Tours of the Lotz House are offered throughout the day, Monday through Friday, and by appointment only on Saturdays.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

You'll find much to see and do during your next visit to Tennessee. From the impressive array of attractions, to the family-friendly sites, there's always an adventure to be had in the Volunteer State. Plan your visit and head for western TN where you'll want to explore Memphis – do not miss your chance to see the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

This impressive and iconic music destination can be found south of downtown Memphis along Interstate 240 and College Street. Established as museum in 2003, this site is the former location of Stax Records, and is operated by Soulsville, USA. The Stax Museums features one of the most in-depth collections of soul music artifacts in the country.

Tennessee State Museum

Established in 1937 and dating to 1817, the Tennessee State Museum is a 60,000-square-foot history museum found in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. TSM houses permanent exhibits like First Tennesseans, The Civil War, and The Age of Jackson.

This Tennessee heritage center is located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center along with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The Tennessee State Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers visitors the chance to ride a train while learning of its history. Visitors on the Missionary Ridge Local train ride travel along one of Chattanooga's original rail lines. Passing through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel, completed in 1858, is a highlight of the excursion.

Passengers reserving a seat on the Summerville Steam Special enjoy a 100-mile, round-trip ride behind a vintage steam engine through southern Tennessee – ideal for views of the autumn colors. Holiday excursions like the Eerie Express is a fun and festive Halloween experience.

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

Set in Brownsville off Interstate 40 – otherwise known as Music Highway – the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center commemorates Blues musician "Sleepy" John Estes, and the iconic Tina Turner.

The center grounds encompass the former home of Estes, and Flagg Grove School – Turner’s childhood schoolhouse. Free and open daily in western Tennessee, the Historic Flagg Grove School is also known as the Tina Turner Museum – housing decades of memorabilia celebrating the life of Anna Mae Bullock.

Set along the Hatchie Scenic River, the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center also features over 8,000 square feet of exhibits, and three freshwater aquariums.