About the New Tennessee State Museum
For over 37 years, the Tennessee State Museum, one of the oldest and largest state museums in the nation, has been confined to the lower levels of the James K. Polk State Office Building.
In 2015, Gov. Bill Haslam proposed and the Tennessee General Assembly appropriated $120 million to build a new home for the Museum with the additional funding to complete the project to be raised in private contributions. To date, nearly $30 million in private donations have been raised, and the construction of the new Museum is running on time and on budget.
The Tennessee State Museum, which is free to the public, currently hosts about 115,000 visitors each year. The new Museum is expected to host more than 220,000 visitors annually, adding to the growing menu of memorable and educational opportunities Tennessee has to offer.
The new Museum, located on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville, is slated to open in fall 2018.