in Knoxville, TN (showing 1 - 9 out of 9)

Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.

Art Market Gallery

422 S Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37916   Directions

(865) 525-5265


The Art Market is exactly what its title says. Local artists come from the surrounding areas to display their work. See some truly compelling pieces ranging from the contemporary to the traditional that include expressions in every medium. There's art rendered in watercolors, photography, basketry, ceramics and woodcuts, among many others. This is a great place to find a unique gift item, support local artists and celebrate their talents.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center

1927 Dandridge Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915   Directions

(865) 524-8461


The Beck Cultural Exchange Center documents the plights and contributions of African-Americans to the east Tennessee region. The exhibits are nothing short of dramatic, as each one takes a compelling look at individual accomplishments and accounts of persistence that led to change. These stories are told through the creative use of historical books, newspapers, recordings, films and various other artifacts.

East Tennessee History Center

601 S Gay St
Knoxville, TN 37901   Directions

(865) 215-8830


The East Tennessee History Center has both a broad and personal scope when it comes to history. On a larger scale, the museum contains various pieces and exhibits that tell the story of various aspects of the region. The museum is maintained by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the group has done an incredible job of recreating early 20th century life with an interesting collection of exhibits. History then becomes personal as the center also offers a genealogy research library where you can trace your own history to see how it may be connected to previous residents of Knoxville and its surrounding areas.

Ewing Gallery

1715 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996   Directions

(865) 974-3200


The Ewing Gallery, located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, is an impressive venue that features over 3,000 square feet of exhibition space and 300 running feet of wall space that are all perfectly utilized to present some memorable works of art. Contemporary artists and architects have their creations on display, and the permanent collection features various styles rendered in different media. The one thing these pieces all have in common is that they are as captivating as they are thought-provoking. This is a must-see for any art-lover.

Farragut Folklife Museum

11408 Municipal Center Dr
Knoxville, TN 37922   Directions

(865) 966-7057


The Farragut Folklife Museum examines the broader spectrum of the area's history as well as the more personal side. In addition to featuring general exhibits related to the development of East Tennessee, this venue focuses on its namesake, David Glasgow Farragut. Farragut was a Civil War hero and the U.S. Navy's first admiral. His story is a compelling one and is told through an extensive collection of artifacts and personal items.

Frank H McClung Museum

1327 Circle Park Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996   Directions

(865) 974-2144


A truly compelling cross-section of history is collected at the Frank H. McClung Museum. You'll want to set aside a whole afternoon to take in the various exhibits that range from extensive collections in archeology, natural history, anthropology, medicine, art, and local history. See special presentations and pieces that focus on the area's prehistoric times all the way to the present. The incredibly well-thought out exhibits and pieces make this far-reaching history lesson one that you will never forget.

Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 World's Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37916   Directions

(865) 525-6101


The Knoxville Museum of Art invites you to open your eyes and open your mind when you walk through it's impressive galleries of fine art. Whether you're interested in contemporary art, visual expression utilizing several mediums or prefer the classics, you'll find something for every interest here at this incredible museum. Special classes and presentations are always on the schedule, including live music and artist seminars, so make sure to check the website and come back often to challenge your mind and treat your senses.

Mabry-Hazen House

1711 Dandridge Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915   Directions

(865) 522-8661


The Mabry-Hazen House is an essential part of your visit to Knoxville, especially if you are a fan of history. The structure was once the headquarters for both Union and Confederate forces. This house museum features one of the largest collections of Civil War and Victorian antiques. The home is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so make sure you take your camera along to capture images of this truly dramatic site.

Museum of Appalachia

2819 Andersonville Hwy
Clinton, TN 37716   Directions

(865) 494-7680


Peek into what life was like Appalachian style when you visit the Museum of Appalachia. More than just a museum, this Appalachian mountain village brings history to life over its impressive 70 acres. Highlights include a chapel, barns, cabins, and even a schoolhouse. You'll also see artifacts and other items like handcrafted instruments that were used to accomplish everyday tasks that we take for granted. Located less than a half hour from Knoxville, this historical excursion is worth the drive.

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