Tennessee, also known as the Volunteer State, is a landlocked state that’s chock full of history and incredible artistic expression. Known for its long history in music and some of the best food you’ll find in the country, it’s no surprise that museums have popped up left and right to memorialize these accomplishments. Here are some of the best museums in Tennessee and what you should keep an eye out for when you visit!
Country Music Hall of Fame
Country music and Tennessee go together hand in hand! This museum celebrates artists from Dolly Parton to Marty Robbins and shows you how their careers grew, their impact on the musical genre, and where the artists are now. Although we’ve lost many greats, several are still alive and visit the museum for signings and singing! Who knows, you might run into a star the next time you visit!
Lane Motor Museum
This museum is a well-kept secret that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Home to the most extensive collection of cars and motor vehicles in North America, this sprawling estate lets you explore and walk amongst history in motion. With all tickets for less than thirteen dollars, this is an affordable stop and a great photo opportunity to take with kids. If you have a big car fan in the family or a friend you want to surprise, take them to the Lane Motor Museum and watch their face light up like a child! After all, what’s more, exciting than the incredible history and beauty of older vehicles?
Frist Art Museum
Take a break from looking at Knoxville real estate, and venture into the Frist Art Museum. With one of the largest collections of modern and classic art hidden under one roof, this museum celebrates its 20th anniversary of inspiring and showing off artists. Although the art itself is mostly stagnant, the museum shows it off in inventive ways, with collections meant to evoke emotion and intrigue all at once.
This mansion, settled in on over thirteen acres of land in Memphis, was once home to the King of Rock himself, Elvis Prestley. Now working as both a museum and an occasional overnight hotel, Graceland was passed on to his daughter after Elvis died in 1977. Any music fan would benefit from a home tour, getting to soak in some of the histories, and walk the same floors that he did. It’s both inspiring and a great reminder that every star is still human.
No part of the country has as deep of a history of civil rights as the South. Although the government isn’t perfect, and we’re still working to make strides forward every single day, this museum is a significant marker to show us how far we’ve come. The National Civil Rights Museum, located in Memphis, is set in the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and will leave every visitor with chills and a deep hope for our country’s future.