Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee State Museum occupies three floors of the James K. Polk Center, offering over 60,000 square feet of permanent exhibits as well as rotating exhibits that focus on specific topics and themes.
The museum's collection of uniforms, weapons, and battle flags from the Civil War is one of the largest in the nation
Backstory and Context
In 1937 the General Assembly created a state museum to house World War I mementos and other collections from the state, the Tennessee Historical Society, and other groups. This museum was located on the lower level of the War Memorial Building until it was moved into the new James K. Polk Center in 1981. The Tennessee State Museum currently occupies three floors, covering approximately 120,000 square feet with more than 60,000 square feet devoted to exhibits.