The Tennessee State Museum is free and open to the public. We are thrilled to welcome visitors to experience Tennessee history, art, and culture from the state’s natural history beginnings through the present day. We look forward to seeing you!
TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM LOCATION:
The Museum is conveniently located at the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd. and Jefferson Street, adjacent to the Nashville Farmers’ Market at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Free parking is available in lot shared by the Museum and the Farmers’ Market.
1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208
The Museum is open:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Museum is closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Admission to the Tennessee State Museum is free.
Parking is available in the parking lot which is located between the Museum and the Nashville Farmers Market. There is also free two-hour parking available along 6th and 7th Avenues. PLEASE NOTE: Because there are a limited number of spots in the shared lot, it fills up quickly on the weekends. It is highly recommended that on weekends, visitors seek alternate modes of transportation to visit the Museum or take advantage of free State of Tennessee parking lots available Monday through Friday, after 5:30 p.m., or on weekends unless otherwise stated or reserved. Terms and conditions of use may vary according to the requested lot. Locations can be found on the map below or at https://www.tn.gov/generalservices/parking---transportation/parking.html.
All ORANGE Lots are open for free public parking on weekends.
There are four accessible parking spaces located approximately 210-220 paces on a flat sidewalk from the Museum entrance. Two of the spaces are van accessible. Visitors have the option to be dropped off at the Rosa L. Parks Boulevard entrance if the distance is a hindrance, but vehicles are not allowed to park there.
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The Children's Gallery is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, from 10:00 a.m.- to 4:30 p.m. On Sundays, enjoy the Children's Gallery from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Please note that we may limit the number of individuals in the gallery at any one time to best accommodate and serve our visitors. We invite visitors looking to engage their children with kid-specific programming to visit the new TSM Kids section of our website at TNMuseum.org/kids.
GUIDED TOURS AND EVENTS:
In-person Guided Tours and field trips, at both the Museum and the State Capitol, are available. Please keep an eye on our events calendar for updates on events. We offer many events, like Lunch & Learn lectures, both in-person and online. You may also wish to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our home page or follow us through our social media accounts for updates.
Water fountain functionality enables visitors to refill their own personal water bottles.
Pursuant to Tennessee State Law (T.C.A. § 39-17-1359), no firearms are permitted in the Museum building. Failure to comply with this prohibition is punishable as a criminal act under state law and may subject the violator to a fine of up to $500. All law enforcement officers excluded.
Lockers are available free of charge to those visitors that wish to store backpacks and coats. Some lockers include charging stations for mobile devices.
Wheelchairs are available free of charge to those visitors with limited mobility. Please inquire at the front desk.
Portable stools are available at both entrances to our exhibitions free of charge to those visitors who need to take a break while walking through our galleries.
WALKING, BIKING AND PUBLIC TRANSIT:
Walking: The Museum is conveniently located just one block west of the Downtown Greenway trailhead and adjacent to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
Biking: Bike racks are located at both the 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue entrances to the Museum. There is also a Nashville BCycle bikeshare dock located on 7th Avenue at the entrance to the Farmers' Market Market House. Bikes can be rented at Nashville BCycle. Click here for more information about rates and stations.
Public Transportation: WeGo Public Transit (Formerly Nashville MTA) Nos. 42 (St. Cecilia/Cumberland), 22 (Bordeaux) and 29 (Jefferson) all stop at the intersection of Rosa Parks and Jefferson Street. Click here for more information on route and hours of operation.
Hop On Hop Off Tours are offered by both Old Town Trolley and Gray Line tour companies which have a stop near the Museum at Farmers’ Market. Please check their websites for the latest information on tour schedules.
Driving: The Tennessee State Museum is conveniently located at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, at the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd, and Jefferson Street, northwest of downtown Nashville and the State Capitol. Click here for detailed information.
For additional questions about the visiting the Museum, please contact us at email@example.com or (615) 741-2692.