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Why Do Museums Collect?
Museums collect artifacts for the education and enjoyment of the public. Artifacts have their own stories to tell, and research yields new discoveries about their secrets. They are at the heart of the Tennessee State Museum’s mission to procure, preserve, exhibit, and interpret objects. The Museum strives to reflect the diversity of Tennesseans and their experiences in its artifact collections. These exhibits highlight how artifacts provide connections to the past. See artifacts like handmade baskets from Cannon County, a Tennessee tax ledger related to the infamous Whiskey Rebellion, and recording equipment owned by Estelle Axton of Stax Records in Memphis.