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Tennessee State Museum, Military Branch Museum, and State Capitol

From the museum's website:

"Find art, history and culture at one of the largest museums in the nation. Interpretive exhibits begin 15,000 years ago with prehistoric people and continue through the early 1900s, with special displays of furniture, silver, weapons, quilts, and paintings. The museum's Civil War holdings of uniforms, battle flags and weapons are among the finest in the nation. Visit the museum's changing gallery for special exhibitions."

Across the street from the State Museum, and affiliated with it, is the Military Branch Museum. According to the museum website, "Exhibits deal with America's overseas conflicts, beginning with the Spanish-American War in 1898 and ending with World War II in 1945."

The museum also manages guided tours of the Tennessee State Capitol, first opened in 1859.

The museum offers 35-to-40-min. state-curriculum-aligned tour programs for all grade levels. Programs focus on specific periods in history and exhibits; some include hands-on activities and first-person interpretations of historical figures. Self-guided tours of the museum are also available. All programs, included self-guided, require reservations. The museum may also offer programs associated with changing exhibitions. Check out the Teachers section of the website for further information on programs for students and educators.