Skip to main content Skip to header navigation

Best Tennessee museums

Art, music, culture and flight are just a few of the topics Tennessee museums explore. Feed your intrigue as you find your way to the best museums throughout the Volunteer State.

preschooler at museum

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Travelling art exhibitions from across the country and abroad are showcased inside The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. See the variations and similarities of art in different cultures and across different time periods. Learn how art intersects and permeates everyday life. For a more hands-on approach to learning about art, stop by Martin ArtQuest where visitors of all ages will enjoy creating their own works of art.

Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Phone: 615.244.3340


Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Housed on the site of the historic and internationally known Stax Records is the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Interactive exhibits, films, memorabilia and artifacts provide a rare look into the artists that recorded there and helped shape music as we know it. Take a step back in time to the heyday of Stax Records and journey through the history of American soul music.

Address: 926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38016

Phone: 901.942.7685


Tennessee Museum of Aviation

Explore the wonders of flight at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Observe flight demonstrations, marvel at restored Warbirds aircraft and learn about the history of flight from the museum’s comprehensive timeline of aviation history including military aviation history and Tennessee aviation history. Allow the history and technology of flight to come alive at this interactive museum. Rotating exhibits mean you’ll never have the same experience twice.

Address: 135 Air Museum Way, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: 866.286.8738


Museum of Appalachia

Allow the Museum of Appalachia, a living history museum, to transport you to another time and place and take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern times. The life of Appalachian people is portrayed in this authentic Appalachian farm village comprised of over 30 historic log structures with authentic furnishings. Multiple vegetable gardens and countless livestock, as well as traditional folk art and mountain music, add to the experience.

Address: 2819 Andersonville Highway Clinton, Tennessee 37716

Phone: 865.494.7680


Coon Creek Science Center

History and adventure combine at the Coon Creek Science Center. This sizable fossil site contains an abundance of preserved remains left there 70 million years ago when the water of the Gulf of Mexico receded. See who can uncover the most or most unique finds as you dig for fossils like marine shells, snails and vertebrate fossils such as sharks. Other activities include hiking tours, wildlife watching and night sky observation.

Address: 2985 Hardin Graveyard Road, Adamsville, Tennessee 38310

Phone: 901.636.2362


Adventure Science Museum

Explore science in a fun and exciting way at this interactive museum. Undergo simulated astronaut training in Space Chase, observe a day in the life inside your body in Body Quest or experience the thrills of flying in the BlueMax flight simulator. Younger children can climb the Adventure Tower where a magnificent view of the city awaits them at the top and children of all ages will enjoy discovering basic scientific principles by “playing with” toys in Toyland.

Address: 800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Phone: 615.862.5160



Hands On! Regional Museum

Over 20 permanent interactive exhibits plus additional changing exhibits will keep visitors of all ages engaged at the HandsOn! Regional Museum. Learn about the diversity of animal life, the science behind magic, life on the farm, how music is created and its affects on brain activity and more! The award winning Eastman Discovery Lab brings biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics to life with hands on programming.

Address: 315 E. Main Street, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Phone: 423.434.4263

Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.