Knoxville Museums & History
There are so many stories that make up the history of Knoxville and its surrounding areas that it would be impossible to present them all in one venue. That's why the various museums and historical places in town provide significant pieces of the story that work together to create an interesting tapestry of people, places and events that put Knoxville's past in a powerful perspective. After studying and learning about what came before, the future of the city becomes all the more exciting.
The East Tennessee History Center
has both a broad and personal scope when it comes to history. On a larger scale, the museum contains various pieces and exhibits that tell the story of various aspects of the region. The museum is maintained by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the group has done an incredible job of recreating early 20th century life with an interesting collection of exhibits. History then becomes personal as the center also offers a genealogy research library where you can trace your own history to see how it may be connected to previous residents of Knoxville and its surrounding areas.
Address: 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901 - MAP
Phone: (865) 215-8830
A truly compelling cross-section of history is collected at the Frank H. McClung Museum
. You'll want to set aside a whole afternoon to take in the various exhibits that range from extensive collections in archeology, natural history, anthropology, medicine, art, and local history. See special presentations and pieces that focus on the area's prehistoric times all the way to the present. The incredibly well-thought out exhibits and pieces make this far-reaching history lesson one that you will never forget.
Address: 1327 Circle Park Drive, University of Tennessee Campus, Knoxville, TN 37996 - MAP
Phone: (865) 974-2144
The Farragut Folklife Museum
examines the broader spectrum of the area's history as well as the more personal side. In addition to featuring general exhibits related to the development of East Tennessee, this venue focuses on its namesake, David Glasgow Farragut. Farragut was a Civil War hero and the U.S. Navy's first admiral. His story is a compelling one and is told through an extensive collection of artifacts and personal items.
Address: 11408 Municipal Center Drive, Faragut Town Hall, Knoxville, TN 37922 - MAP
Phone: (865) 966-7057
Peek into what life was like Appalachian style when you visit the Museum of Appalachia
. More than just a museum, this Appalachian mountain village brings history to life over its impressive 70 acres. Highlights include a chapel, barns, cabins, and even a schoolhouse. You'll also see artifacts and other items like handcrafted instruments that were used to accomplish everyday tasks that we take for granted. Located less than a half hour from Knoxville, this historical excursion is worth the drive.
Address: 2819 Andersonville Hwy, Exit 122 off I-75, Clinton, TN 37716 - MAP
Phone: (865) 494-7680
The Beck Cultural Exchange Center
documents the plights and contributions of African-Americans to the east Tennessee region. The exhibits are nothing short of dramatic, as each one takes a compelling look at individual accomplishments and accounts of persistence that led to change. These stories are told through the creative use of historical books, newspapers, recordings, films and various other artifacts.
Address: 1927 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 - MAP
Phone: (865) 524-8461
The Mabry-Hazen House
is an essential part of your visit to Knoxville, especially if you are a fan of history. The structure was once the headquarters for both Union and Confederate forces. This house museum features one of the largest collections of Civil War and Victorian antiques. The home is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so make sure you take your camera along to capture images of this truly dramatic site.
Address: 1711 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 - MAP
Phone: (865) 522-8661