Experience the Tennessee State Museum & State Capitol Building

The Tennessee State Museum’s education programs have always been a hit with both teachers and school children. Experience curriculum-based programs presented by museum interpreters with the existing exhibitions as the backdrop.

The current museum will remain open for school tours this winter and most of the spring, before it closes in preparation for its move to its new location on the Bicentennial Mall this fall. The new museum, which is currently under construction, will be located at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street.

While some of the historical artifacts have been removed from exhibit so they can be treated by conservators, museum public programs staff have developed some new programs for school groups, and will continue to present some of the popular existing programs. Tours at the State Capitol will also continue.

School Tours Deadline Announced

In preparation for the new museum, opening in the fall of 2018, the current museum will be available to schedule school programs through April 29, 2018. We will not take any reservations past that date. Capitol tours will continue to be available. If you have any questions, please contact us at 615-741-0830 or at public.programs@tn.gov.

 
 Visit the Historic Tennessee State Capitol
A tour of the Tennessee State Capitol provides a civics and history lesson like none other! Take a guided tour of the historic State Capitol building with a museum educator leading your students on a journey which demonstrates how laws are actually made. The tour also provides them with details of the rich history of this stately building. Tours of the State Capitol will continue throughout the school year and are also available for summer school sessions and camps. Capitol tours will not be affected by the closing of the current museum or by the opening of the new State Museum.
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School Programs:
Choose any programs you like. Each of these informative offerings last 30 minutes. Group size must meet the minimum of 15 students per group. 
Due to continuing preparation for the new museum, opening next year, programs and programming options are subject to change.
The Life & Adventures of a Tennessee Longhunter (K-8th grades):
Daniel Boone, Thomas Sharpe Spencer, and Kasper Mansker all hunted in Tennessee. In this program, students will be introduced to the trailblazers who explored the Tennessee wilderness and learn how they lived and interacted with Indian tribes.
Frontier Highlights Tour (K-4th grades):
Activate students’ critical thinking skills as they compare life on the Tennessee frontier to life today. Highlights include Daniel Boone’s musket, a dugout canoe, a pioneer wagon, and a replica frontier cabin.
From Sheep to Shawl: Frontier Clothing Activity (K-4th grades):
Students learn about making clothes on the frontier in this hands-on activity. 
Frontier Print Shop (K-4th grades): 
“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” Students learn about the important work of newspaper printers in frontier Tennessee. Students interact with an 18th century Tennessee printer while he explains the printing process and recruits them to become printer apprentices. 
Anne Cockrill (K-4th grades): 
Pioneer teacher Anne Cockrill describes her perilous journey with the Donelson party to the frontier settlement of Nashborough in 1780. Students will be on the edge of their seats during this compelling storytelling program.
First Tennesseans Highlights Tour (K-6th grades):
From Paleo to Mississippian, students learn about the cultures of prehistoric people in Tennessee by studying their weapons, tools, jewelry, and ceremonial pottery.
Civil War Highlights Tour (4th-12th grades):
Students take a guided tour through the Civil War section of the museum and see some of the museum’s most powerful artifacts while learning about the personal sacrifices of Tennesseans during the war. 
Civil War Haversacks (4th-12th grades):
In this hands-on activity, students use their critical thinking skills to determine what soldiers needed to carry with them during the war. Groups pick personal items to place in their haversacks, while a museum educator evaluates which group compiled the most effective haversack.
A Civil War Soldier’​s Life (4th-12th grades):
Students will understand that Civil War history is not simply about battles. Here they talk with a uniformed soldier about the challenges and hardships of life both on and off the battlefield. Highlights include discussions of diseases, weapons, camp life, drills, and hygiene.
Civil War Spy (5th-8th grades):
The life of a Civil War spy was dangerous, deceptive, and potentially deadly. The information gathered however, could mean the difference between victory or defeat on the battlefield. In this interactive, hands-on program, your students will become Civil War spies. They will decode secret messages in an attempt to save their side from defeat. In the process, they will learn more about the life of spying in the Civil War and about the more famous people who put their life at risk for their cause.
Tennessee Suffragist (5th-12th grades)
Join the Tennessee suffragists as they await the final vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives to see if women all over America will get the right to vote! Our suffragist will talk about how difficult the struggle has been. Students will then learn how the vote was taken, and the importance of a mother’s letter to her son. 
The Tennessee Doughboy (4th-12th grades):
Enlist in the army with a Tennessee Doughboy and learn what it was like for Tennesseans to fight in the trenches of France. Also, hear the harrowing story of Tennessee’s most famous doughboy, Alvin C. York. Students will depart with an understanding of the harsh realities of World War I.
Tennessee on the WWII Homefront (K-5th grades):
Students develop an appreciation for the hardships as well as advances made by women in Tennessee during World War II. Dot Harris discusses rationing, victory gardens, women working in factories, shortages, and the pain of losing loved ones to war.
Clipboard Capers (Pre-K-12th grades):
Students embark on a scavenger hunt of Tennessee history and discover how artifacts reveal Tennessee’s past. This program takes students on a self-guided tour through the entire museum.
State Museum Self-guided Tour (All ages):
Groups can pace themselves as they explore exhibits ranging from prehistoric American Indians to the early 20th century. Allow one hour for self-guided tours. 
Lesson Plans
Museum school programs are designed to fit the Tennessee state curriculum standards. Pre- and post-visit lesson plans are available online at http://www.tnmuseum.org/Teachers/Lesson_Plans/
Scheduling Your Visit:
Museum programs are available to groups of 15 or more, and are scheduled Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Capitol tours are available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Reservations are required for all programs. To reserve your school tour, contact the Public Programs Department at (615) 741-0830 or 1-800-407-4324. Questions? Email us at  Email us at public.programs@tn.gov.
Teacher Resources
The State Museum is committed to providing educators with resources and materials for teaching Tennessee history. You can learn more about the museum’s Traveling Trunks and professional development programs for educators at tnmuseum.org/Teachers/. Be sure and visit the museum’s award-winning, education website at TN4me.org.
Stay Connected
If you are interested in learning more about the NEW Tennessee State Museum which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, please visit tnmuseum2018.org.
If you wish to receive news about the museum’s upcoming events and future exhibitions, please sign up for our E-news messages on the homepage of tnmuseum.org.
You can also connect with us through social media by liking our Facebook page at facebook.com/tnmuseum.org/ or by following us on Twitter at twitter.com/TSMEducation
Don’t miss the opportunity to tour the present-day State Museum before the curtain closes on the current exhibitions at this location.
 
 
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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