- Museum Store
- Media Galleries
Tell us when you make your reservation if you need parking permits for marked buses, vans, or minivans to park on the street. The permit will be mailed with your confirmation letter. (A marked vehicle has your school's or the commercial vendor's name permanently displayed.)
For cars and unmarked vehicles, there is no private parking for the museum. During the week, visitors must park in paid lots, garages, or at meters.
Click here to see the Parking Map
Tennessee State Museum:
When arriving at the museum, the group should enter the Polk Center from the main Deaderick Street entrance. Leaving the group upstairs with chaperones, the leader should go down the stairs to the D level museum information desk to check in with the confirmation letter.
All groups must enter through the doors located at the west side of the capitol (the side facing the Supreme Court building). The group leader should leave the group outside on the stairs while checking in with the confirmation letter at the first floor tour desk. Students can not bring packages or backpacks in the building. All adults must have their driver's license or some other photo identification.
Teachers are responsible for their students while at the museum and capitol. Staff will go over rules and safety procedures during "Museum Manners." Cameras may be used at the museum and capitol if you do not use a flash.
If you need to cancel your reservation, please notify the Department of Public Programs as soon as possible at (615) 741-0830 or 1-800-407-4324. If your group is running late, contact Public Programs. Reservations are held for 15 minutes. If you arrive after this time, it may not possible to provide a guide.
Groups with sack lunches may picnic on the War Memorial Plaza across Sixth Avenue from the museum, weather permitting. There are no dining facilities at the museum.
There are restrooms at the museum on D level. The historic capitol building does not have enough facilities to accommodate groups.
The museum provides entrances and ramps for the physically challenged on Sixth Avenue and Deaderick Street . The Motlow Tunnel entrance to the State Capitol on Charlotte Avenue may be used by individuals who cannot climb the stairs to the west entrance.