Tennessean: Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hail opening of new Tennessee State Museum

Posted on October 9, 2018

Tennessean: Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander hail opening of new Tennessee State Museum

By Joel Elbert 

October 4, 2018 


Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and countless former and current elected officials, as well as members of the public, were on hand Thursday in Nashville for the grand opening of the new $160 million Tennessee State Museum. 

Hearkening back to his famous trek across Tennessee while running for governor 40 years ago, Alexander — who walked more than a 1,000 miles over six months — told an audience the new museum allowed visitors to see the state in 30 minutes. 

Noting how the 137,000 square foot museum contains information about Tennessee events and people of yesteryear, Alexander said, "Learning history helps us to understand what is happening today and how to navigate tomorrow." 

Haslam said while he was campaigning for governor, he realized that "Tennessee's story is America's story."

"We have a history that maybe outpunches our weight class in what we've done for this country," he said.  

The governor said he thought it was important to fund the museum before he left office — which includes six rotating galleries and classroom spaces — because the state had been trying to do a long time. 

"It just felt like something that we should be able to do," he said. 

If you go: 

Hours: Opening weekend hours are 1:30-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Normal hours: Sunday: 1-5 p.m.; Monday: closed; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m

Where: Northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall, Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street. 

Parking: There is a free parking lot between the museum and the Nashville Farmers’ Market, and along Sixth and Seventh avenues. On weekends, there is free parking in state employee lots.  

Admission: Free