The East Tennessee History Center breathes the city’s past into its modern day and you can see everything from pottery, art, textiles, and Civil War items among other historic pieces. The museum is home to over 13,000 items which forms its Permanent collection.
Other trending collections include fine-art prices, paintings and historic stories that showcase the art-life and culture of Tennessee.
- Permanent collection
- Travelling exhibits
- Interactive audio-video exhibits
- Other Contact Number: +1 865-215-8830
Admission to the museums
- For Adults: USD 5.00
- For Seniors: USD 4.00
- FREE for children 16 and under.
- Admission is FREE each Sunday.
Museum of East Tennessee History
- Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday : 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
- Monday - Tuesday: 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Knox County Archives
- Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Bus: Knoxville Station
- By Taxi
- By Bicycle
- By Walking
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44.5% of people who visit Knoxville include East Tennessee History Center in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
36.17% of people start their East Tennessee History Center visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see East Tennessee History Center
84.09% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting East Tennessee History Center
Came here on a Sunday and was pleasantly surprised that entrance was by donation only - I really appreciate that a number of attractions in Knoxville take this approach. It makes visiting so seamless and easy! I likely could have spent more time here, as this museum is a wealth of information - the museum charts Tennessee history all the way from the earliest indigenous peoples up to the modern era. There's even a little section talking about the rich history of country music and the prominent artists that hailed from Tennessee - you can even hear some clips of songs! Really terrific stuff. A must see if you're in the area. The museum is right in the middle of the charming downtown Knoxville area, as well, so you'll have plenty more to do within walking distance once you're done.
A very informative and interactive museum that traces the history of East Tennessee (not just Knoxville) from pre-colonial times to the present. Through videos, audio, and storyboards, the story is told through the people who lived/live here. This is a relatively small museum and can be toured easily in 60-90 minutes. Admission is free on Sundays. It’s well worth a visit.
One of the very best historical museums in this region. the displays are first class and extremely interesting - even if you don't like history! A place not to be missed in Knoxville, TN.
Increased our knowledge of Tennessee by 1000%. Outstanding exhibits and layout. Informative text and wonderful graphics. Among the best historical museums we've visited. Not to be missed!
Great displays and value! Got to see lots of cool, unique artifacts. I think they could stand more critical look at parts of the state's history like convict labor in mines, but I generally thought the displays were representative. Especially a fan of Davy Crockett artifacts and impressed with the short and frank treatment of his life. Keep fighting the good fight, Tennessee!