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Tennessee Attractions

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country. Exhibited are many rare items - the cane Lincoln carried that fateful night at Ford's Theatre, two life masks, the tea set he and Mary Todd used in their home in Springfield, and numerous other artifacts. Approximately 30,000 books, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs, paintings and sculptures tell the story of President Lincoln and the Civil War period in America's history.

American Museum of Science & Energy
The American Museum of Science & Energy opened in 1949 in an old wartime cafeteria. It was originally named the American Museum of Atomic Energy. Its guided tours took visitors through the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The present facility, opened in 1975, continues to provide the general public with energy information. The name of the museum was changed to the American Museum of Science and Energy in 1978.

Live demonstrations, videos and other programs are scheduled for the general public daily.

Aviation Museum: Tennessee ANG
Capt. Joseph B. Jordan, flying a Lockheed F-104C Starfighter set a new altitude record when he reached 103,395.5 ft over the Edwards AFB. Flight Test Center California. During this flight, Capt. Jordan reached 98,424 ft 930,000 m) in only 15 minutes 4.92 seconds. This was the first aircraft taking off on its own power to reach the 30,000 m and 100,000 ft altitudes. You can see the Lockheed F-104C on display at the Aviation Museum.

Casey Jones Village & Casey Jones Home/Museum
Casey Jones Village features the award winning Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store Restaurant and the historic Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum. Within the Village is the Casey Jones Train Store, The Shoppes at Casey Jones Village, Wildlife in Wood Studio, Land Office Realtors and the Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre.

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
The Children's Museum of Oak Ridge is a dynamic cultural center that features innovative exhibitions, programs and workshops for all ages. Science, art and history are emphasized in hands-on learning opportunities that encourage young people to understand their cultural heritage, environment and the world around them. Educators are encouraged to utilize the Museum's numerous resources - over 20,000 objects, archival holdings, audio/video tapes, books and magazines.

Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. A treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular menu of live performances and public programs, museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an unforgettable museum experience.

East Tennessee Historical Center: Custom House
The historic building which is now officially known as the East Tennessee Historical Center was built in 1874 as Knoxville's first United States Custom House and Post Office. The architect of the original building was Alfred Bult Mullett (1834-1890), at that time the chief architect of the United States government. Of neoclassical Italianate design, the Custom House served as Knoxville's federal building until 1933, housing the federal court, excise offices, and post office. The former federal courtroom on the third floor features notable neoclassical decoration. From 1936 to 1976, the building served as one of the main Knoxville offices of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). In 1973, the Custom House was among the first structures in Knoxville named to the National Register of Historic Places. In 1977, the Custom House was awarded to the public library to be developed into a center for historical research and was significantly restored and renovated by Knox County in 1980 and 1992.

The East Tennessee Historical Center is one of two facilities of the Knox County Public Library System located in downtown Knoxville. The East Tennessee Historical Center houses the public library's Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection and the Knox County Archives, the repository for the permanent governmental records of Knox County.

Emporium Center for Arts & Culture
The mission of the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville is to serve and support a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions by assuring their creative, financial, and operational well being.  The Arts & Culture Alliance provides leadership and advocacy that establishes and maintains the success of the arts and cultural environment of greater Knoxville, as well as providing for a strong climate for cultural and economic interaction between the arts and the community as a whole. Emporium Center

Farragut Folklife Museum
The Farragut Folklife Museum is a treasure chest of photographs and artifacts which tell a story of the history of the Farragut and Concord communities. One of the highlights of the Museum is the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Collection. Admiral Farragut, the first commissioned Admiral of the United States Navy and perhaps best known for his statement, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead," was born in this area on July 5, 1801. This nationally sought after collection houses artifacts such as Farragut’s personal china, uniform ornamentation, family photographs, manuscripts, letters of interest and a large collection of scrimshaw.

The Museum also exhibits objects of memorabilia, history of our schools, churches and community, railroad artifacts and changing exhibits of interest to the community.

Frank H. McClung Museum
The McClung Museum is a general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, medicine, local history, and natural history. The exhibits document ways of life, cultural trends, and technologies from prehistoric times to the present day, and showcase much of Tennessee's past -- its geology, history, art, and culture. The McClung Museum is a special place -- a place of discovery, a place to learn about the world around us.

As a part of The University of Tennessee, the Museum supports and participates in the University's mission to serve the state, region, and nation through scholarship, teaching, artistic creation, professional practice, and public service.

Knoxville Museum of Art
Founded in 1961 as the Dulin Gallery of Art, the Knoxville Museum of Art moved into its current facility in World's Fair Park on March 25, 1990. Designed by noted museum architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, this 53,000 square foot concrete and Tennessee pink marble building features five galleries, the Great Hall, auditorium, Museum Shop, and various gardens and terraces. KMA received accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1996.

Museum of Appalachia
The Museum of Appalachia is one of the largest, single collections of pioneer relics and mountain life exhibits on a 70-acre frontier farm.

Parthenon Museum
The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.

Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum (SARM) is a non-profit organization located in Knoxville, Tennessee, dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of historical railroad equipment, and the preservation of the railroad history of the Southern Appalachia Region. The club sponsors the operation of the Secret City Scenic excursion train in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Traveller's Rest Plantation and Museum
Saved from demolition in 1954 by the Tennessee Society of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the historic house, built originally in 1799, was restored to interpret the early 19th century life of Judge John Overton, one of the state’s first Supreme Court Justices, the founder of Memphis, and a close personal friend of Andrew Jackson. Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum

Volunteer State Veterans Museum - 4000 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville TN 37920. No charge. Museum has more than 2,000 artifacts on exhibit from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War. Thurs, Fri & Sat.; 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm. (865) 577-0757.

West Tennessee Cotton Museum
The West Tennessee Cotton Museum features the story of the huge cotton farms in the area, some of which began in the early 1800s. The museum offers exhibits, photographs, and primitive-to-modern farming implements, from old plows to 9-footlong sacks used to collect handpicked cotton.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Come and experience the history and excitement of women's basketball at the world's most interactive hall of fame. Watch a riveting video of the game's history. Hang out in a modern locker room as some of the country's top coaches get in your face with behind-the-scenes video. Shoot some hoops and take home unique souvenirs from our gift shop. Jam-packed with memorabilia, activities and exhibits, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will infuse you with the spirit and energy of the best players in the history of women's basketball. This is not just a museum. It's an all-out, one-of-a-kind, bigger-than-life experience. And you don't want to miss it.

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