Tennessee State Museum
LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Tennessee State Museum
Community & Media Relations Officer: Mary Skinner
Want to know one of the best kept secrets in Nashville? We have an incredible state museum that is one of the largest museums in the nation with exhibits presenting the art, history and culture of the region. In addition to FREE ADMISSION, there is FREE PARKING in the state lots west of the State Capitol on weekends. Meet Mary Skinner, the Community and Media Relations ‘go to’ at the Museum. I talked to Mary about future exhibits over the next several weeks. The Changing Gallery will host three music themed exhibits: paintings by singer/songwriter Steve Wariner, celebrity portraits by Russ Harrington and a collection of historic dulcimers owned by the late David Schnaufer (1952-2006), who was himself a dulcimer virtuoso. (Oct. 11 to Dec. 29, 2013).
Inside the museum, the Tennessee Museum Store has a wonderful selection of merchandise which includes Tennessee crafts, jewelry, books, toys, note cards and posters. Food items from local favorites – Loveless Cafe, Colts Bolts, and Nashville Toffee are also on sale. Speaking with my concierge hat on, I can tell you it is the perfect place to put together a Tennessee-themed hospitality basket!
The staff of the museum also provides tours of the Tennessee State Capitol and oversees the Tennessee Military Museum which is located in the War Memorial building across the street from the main museum. Be sure and check out their website for on the museum’s exhibits and take a virtual tour.