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Things to Do in Tennessee

From mountain music in the east to Beale Street’s blues in Memphis to country music in Nashville, here everyone has a song in their hearts. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, is tops in the nation. In Chattanooga, celebrate the Tennessee River at the aquarium and learn about the city’s railroad past. Nearby, the Ocoee River is a whitewater rafter’s dream. Natchez Trace Parkway runs south from Nashville, where there are plenty of attractions and things to do. Throughout the state, Civil War battles raged, leaving stories to be told. Memphis boasts its BBQ restaurants and Graceland, the home of Elvis, king of rock ‘n roll. Spend some time here…hotels, cabins, condos and B&Bs available.
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Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum

222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee
615-416-2001
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has been the home of America's music since its opening in 1967 on Music Row. In 2001, the museum - with a mission to preserve the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture - relocated to a new multi-million dollar building with striking, iconic architectural features.

The museum boasts a vast collection, illustrating country music’s story as told through the years. An immense compilation of historic country...
Hours & Admission
January and February, Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., March to December, daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays. Admission.

Discovery Center

502 SE Broad Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
615-890-2300
A hands-on museum and nature center for children, it promotes creativity and imagination, healthy living, public safety, arts and culture through music, and science by engineering and construction.

Exhibit areas include a farmer’s market, discovery depot with trains, a two and half-story super slide, native Tennessee wildlife - turtles, fish and snakes, a tiny town with a post office and grocery and home improvement stores, an exhibit on water and its many uses (kids will get...
Hours & Admission
Museum: Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Trains in the model railroad room: Monday to Saturday 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.

East Tennessee History Center

601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee
865-215-8824
The 8,500-square foot museum operated by the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) shares the story of life in the region, encompassing the history of all 35 East Tennessee counties. The museum features more than 500 important historic artifacts and more than 350 stories of individual East Tennesseans, plus 25 media programs, including interactive touch screens and videos.

The museum interprets 200 years of the region's history through its permanent signature exhibits,...
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.

Elvis Museum

2638 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
865-428-2001
Filled with all things Elvis, the museum is reputed to hold the world’s largest private collection of Elvis memorabilia. Take a self-guided tour and discover his cars, clothing, jewelry and music. The TCB Theater features a two-hour presentation (fee) that pays tribute to Elvis.
Hours & Admission
Museum: Sunday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

TCB Theater: 8:00 p.m. Admission.

Farragut Folklife Museum

11408 Municipal Center Drive
Farragut, Tennessee
865-966-7057
Admiral David G. Farragut, who was born near Knoxville, was the first Admiral of the U.S. Navy and a Civil War hero. His life is the focus of the Farragut Folklife Museum, a repository for the David Glasgow Farragut Collection, which consists of East Tennessee artifacts, photographs, manuscripts and letters.

In addition, the museum preserves the heritage of the town of Farragut, named for the famous family.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free.

Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum

320 Winfield Dunn Parkway
Sevierville, Tennessee
865-908-0882
It all began in 1975 when Floyd Garrett bought a 1970 Chevelle. Today visitors can discover more than 90 muscle cars valued at more than $8 million - Camaros, GTOs, Mustangs, Barracudas Firebirds and Corvettes. It’s more than just a dream. It’s a trip back to the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Hours & Admission
January to March, daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., April to December, daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays. Admission.

Frank H. McClung Museum

1327 Circle Park
Knoxville, Tennessee
865-974-2144
The Frank H. McClung Museum is a general interest museum with exhibits on archaeology and native peoples of Tennessee, ancient Egypt, decorative arts, geology and fossils, the Civil War, and local and natural history.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed holidays. Free.

Grand Ole Opry Museum

2802 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee
615-889-1000
**The Grand Ole Opry Museum is closed until further notice due to damage sustained during the flood. The museum pays tribute to the world's longest-running radio show and its stars; exhibits honor the legends like Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as contemporary chart-topping artists such as Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill.
Hours & Admission
Admission.

Guinness World of Records Museum

631 Parkway B-11
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
865-430-7800
With the common theme of record breaking feats, discover a wide range of subjects involving food, human beings, animals and sports that all have met and exceeded world’s records, as entered into the Guinness Book of World Records. Displays and interactive exhibits bring the events to life. You’ll leave believing you too could be a record-holder.
Hours & Admission
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Admission.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum

914 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
865-430-2200
Showcasing cars that have appeared in top movies and television shows during the last 50 years: the General Lee from the “Duke’s of Hazzard,” the jalopy from the “Beverly Hillbillies,” “Herbie the Love Bug,” “Back to the Future’s” DeLorean, plus cars owned by Dolly Parton, Elvis and others.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission.
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