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A branch of the Tennessee State Museum, the Military Branch Museum is located in the historic War Memorial Building, and is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. There is no admission charge to the Military Branch.
Originally built in 1925 to honor those Tennesseans who served in the First World War, the Military Branch of the Tennessee State Museum was initially established by the state legislature to house veteran’s souvenirs beginning with the Spanish-American War. It has since grown to include military engagements throughout the twentieth century to more recent conflicts. Exhibits at the Museum were redesigned in 2019 to accommodate environmental challenges in the aging building and better protect important military artifacts. Visitors today will find a more contemporary narrative relying heavily on storytelling and graphics. We recommend all visitors to the Military Branch consider visiting the Museum’s main location for expansive exhibitions on WWI and WWII.
Beginning, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, The Military Branch of the Tennessee State Museum will be open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
301 6th Ave. North, in downtown Nashville, inside the historic War Memorial Building on War Memorial Plaza. The entrance is on the left side of the building near the Vietnam War Memorial. The entrance which offers safety ramps for accessibility is located off of Union Street on the south end of War Memorial Plaza and there is also a ramp off of M.L. King Blvd. at the north end of War Memorial Plaza across from Capitol Hill.
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Visitors with special needs please see our accessility page
There is no private parking for the Military Branch Museum. During the week, visitors must park in paid lots or at street parking meters. On weekends, visitors may park free in the state employee parking lots around the State Capitol.
All street metered spaces are free to the public Monday-Friday after 6 p.m. and Saturday after 12 p.m. (Note: some meters may have reserved jackets and are closed to public use during these times.)
Click here for a complete list of parking lots and fees
Walking, Biking & Public Transportation:
The Museum Branch is conveniently located in Downtown Nashville. Walking Tour maps that include tours of both downtown as well as in and around the area are available for purchase at Nashville Civic Design Center for $5.
Bike racks are located at 6th Avenue North and Union Street. There is also a Nashville Bi-Cycle bikeshare dock located in that area. Bikes can be rented at Nashville B-Cycle. Click here for more information about rates and stations.
Photography is allowed in the museum, but you must turn your flash off.