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Tennessee State Museum

Contact Name: Jeff Sellers


1000 Rosa L Parks Boulevard 37208
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Phone: 615) 741-2692

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The Tennessee State Museum (TSM) offers an expanded menu of educational programs, including guided tours, hands-on activities, crafts, and first and third-person interpreters, which share the stories of the state’s history, culture, and art. With an extensive collection of historic Tennessee art and artifacts, documentary films, and interactive displays, TSM’s permanent and temporary galleries include exhibitions about artists, crafts, music, and other themes related to the Volunteer State’s art and culture from its first peoples to the present day. The backbone of the Museum, the Tennessee Time Tunnel, combines content-rich artifacts, engaging media and thought-provoking interactives for a multi-layered experience.


Visiting the Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State Capitol is entirely freeHowever, we do require that you reserve a date and time that will be confirmed by the museum scheduling staff via email at museum.tours@tn.gov

You can request an on-site visit here: https://tnmuseum.org/field-trips-and-reservations

Student Ticket Subsidy funds can be used to secure bus transportation to come to the museum!

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: “Portraits Made in Every Known Style…” A Walk through Time of the Various Styles of Tennessee Portraiture

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

The lesson objective is to push students’ limitations on creating portraiture in the modern 21st century by examining the portrait heritage of Tennessee artists. The lesson covers Tennessee portraiture from its earliest days to how 21st century technology has made the portrait a part of everyday life. Students will examine five different styles of portraiture and analyze the differences and similarities in portrait styles and eras. Works and artists: Charles Willson Peale, Washington B. Cooper, Ralph E. W. Earl, Red Grooms, Beauford Delaney, and Barbara Bullock.

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Program Title: “Ancient Art: Exploring the Art & Meaning of Mississippian Effigy Pottery”

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

This lesson explores the culture and heritage of the Mississippian Indians and how pottery shapes what archaeologists know about this culture. Activities offer students a hands-on study of the Mississippians’ culture through their pottery. Through stories, students will learn about the museum’s large collection of Mississippian artifacts (effigy pottery, bowls, religious tools, and jewelry), and will then create their own Mississippian-style pottery vessel to understand the Mississippian society. An educator will show students different examples of Mississippian pottery up close, and discuss different styles and uses for pottery.

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Program Title: "Quilts!"

Program Type: Arts Integration

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This lesson is designed to discuss and explore the historic and artistic design elements of quilts. Students will explore the history, design and development, and the variations of quilts through an examination of the museum’s historical quilts. Students will analyze the quilts and recognize the difference between patterns, quilting techniques and materials used. They will also read a story about the history of one quilt and how a family preserved it through generations. Following the book, students will proceed to the Museum Experience Room to create their own quilts with fabric, glue and felt.

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