AAA Editor Notes
Tennessee State Museum, housed in the lower levels of the James K. Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick St., includes permanent collections and changing exhibits on three floors. The museum's interpretive collection begins 15,000 years ago with prehistoric humans and continues through the early 1900s with special selections featuring Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, the antebellum age, the Civil War and the New South.
Highlights include special displays of Tennessee-made furniture, silver, weapons, quilts and paintings. The museum's extensive Civil War collection include uniforms, battle flags and weapons. Visitors also will see replicas of an 18th-century printing press, a Conestoga wagon, an antebellum parlor and a frontier mill, as well as one-of-a-kind items like a musket belonging to Daniel Boone and a top hat worn by President Andrew Jackson at his inauguration.
Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.