Monday, January 2, 2017

10 Historical Museums and Attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee museums and cultural attractions can make for a fun and interesting family vacation. There are several different historical sites to choose from. Most offer free parking and many offer free admission. This helps make a Knoxville vacation as affordable as it is fun.

Each site below has been chosen because of historical value. Use this list to help you plan your next visit.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #1
Beck Cultural Exchange Center
Highlighting the achievements of African-Americans, visitors can enjoy photographs, art and books. It is also a research library and cultural center. Free admission. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 – 6.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #2
Blount Mansion
Governor William Blount was a local statesman and signer of the U.S. Constitution. The Blount Mansion was built in 1792. Vistors can tour the grounds, take a guided tour and enjoy educational programs. Admission fees and hours are online at the above link.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #3
Bleak House – Confederate Memorial Hall
Completed in 1858, this slave-built antebellum mansion served at the headquarters of Gen. James Longtreet, C.S.A. Confederate artifacts are on display. Tours are available.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #4
Armstrong – Lockett House; Crescent Bend House and Gardens
Built in 1834 this mansion displays 18th century furniture, arts and silver. Overlooking the Tennessee River are Italian terraced gardens. We could not find a website. Call to verify hours and admission prices.
Located at:
2728 Kingston Pike-Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37919
Phone: (867) 637-3163


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #5
East Tennessee History Center
The East Tennessee History Center is a multi-museum facility. The Knox County Archives and the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection are both housed here. It is located on Gay St. directly across the street from the famous Tennessee Theater. Click the link above for more information.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #6
Ewing Gallery
Modern art and architechure exhibits are featured throughout the year. This gallery is on the campus of the University of Tennessee. There is no admission and it is open all year around. Street parking is available but it also open to UT students. A parking garage is available at the University Center.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #7
Frank H. McClung Museum
Known locally as the “McClung Museum” this museum is also on the UT campus. The best place to park is Circle Park. It’s free but the permit is only for 30 minutes. Exhibits range from ancient Egypt, American Indian art and geology and fossil history. The museum is open on weekends and admission is free.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #8
Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place
You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to enjoy this museum but it helps. Memorabilia and archives are almost a century old. There is even a doll that was once on exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum. The vast library contains vintage Girl Scout and modern handbooks, songbooks and more. Admission is free. Hours vary by season.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #9
Mabry-Hazen House Museum
This house was used as headquarters by both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War. See original artifacts of china, crystals and antiques. It is also one of the best spots in Knoxville for Boomsday viewing. Be sure to get your Boomsday, Bluegrass and Barbeque tickets early.


Historical museums and attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee #10
James White’s Fort
James White was a Revolutionary War hero. His fort was the first home in Tennessee. Visitors can now enjoy seeing artifacts and original tools that were used in the 1780’s. Parking is free. You can also ride the free trolley from the World’s Fair Park or UT Campus. James White’s Fort is closed on Sunday. Visitors need to know that it is also closed during all UT home football games.


Sources:
Personal Experience
James White’s Fort
Mabry-Hazen House
Blount Mansion
Beck Cultural Exchange Center
Bleak House
Armstrong-Lockett House
East Tennessee History Center
McClung Museum
Ewing Museum
Girl Scout Museum


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