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The Tennessee State Museum hosts a wide range of FREE, fascinating events and educational programs throughout the year. Advance reservations are not required, unless indicated on the listing. For seated events, seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Tennessee State Museum’s popular and long-running Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival will return to the confines of the Museum on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival was presented virtually last year.
A free event, the Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival brings together some of the state’s finest storytellers to deliver chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past for all ages. Guests can also enjoy snacks, crafts-on-the go, demonstrations of the Museum’s 18th Century printing press and games on the lawn. There will also be performances by the Nashville Puppet Truck, who will be onsite to present The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgus, an adaptation of author Jules Verne’s short story that tells the dark tale of a bitter old doctor who learns a valuable lesson. Recommended for ages eight and up. This show is recommended for ages 8-and-up.
Visitors to the Museum can also partake in a special Haunted Museum-themed Scavenger Hunt.
Social distancing and masks are encouraged.
Story Telling in the Grand Hall - 10:15-2:45
Puppet Truck in the DLC - 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, and 2:30
Print Shop Demonstration and Spooky Story (in Forging a Nation) - 10:15, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, and 2:45. All ghost and monsters welcomed!
Spearfinger (In Art After 1900) - 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30. This spooky story is for our older ghosts and monsters, recommended for 8 and up.
Story Time in the Children’s Gallery - Come join us for some Halloween tales at 10:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30
Costume Parade - 11:30 and 1:00. Meet outside first floor under the second-floor veranda