Knoxville attractions

Museum in Knoxville

Museum of East Tennessee History

This glossy museum spotlights key moments in the history of East Tennessee as well as regional cultural topics, from 'hillbilly' music to mountain tourism. It's well done and very informative. Surprising historical …
Museum in Knoxville

American Museum of Science & Energy

During WWII the US military began the Manhattan Project, a top-secret program to develop the atomic bomb. Oak Ridge was one of the key research and development sites, along with Los Alamos, NM, and Hanford, WA. Scie…
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Museum of Appalachia

Sprawled across 65 acres dotted with cabins and livestock, this comprehensive museum spotlights the history and culture of the mountain communities in the southern Appalachians. Signage is low tech and the two-story…
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Green McAdoo Cultural Center

In front of this small museum an eye-catching statue portrays the 12 African American high-school students who desegregated Clinton High School in 1956. Twenty miles northwest of Knoxville, Clinton was the first sta…
Museum in Knoxville

Knoxville Museum of Art

If you're planning to explore the region, the landscape paintings of mountains, forests and streams are a lovely source of inspiration at this small museum. You can find them inside the Higher Ground exhibition, whi…
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Beck Cultural Exchange Center

This center preserves and shares the history of African Americans in Knoxville. Key exhibits highlight urban renewal in the city and trace the interesting life of Knoxville local William H Hastie, who became the fir…
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Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

You can't miss the massive orange basketball that marks the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, a nifty look at the sport from the time when women were forced to play in full-length dresses. Interactive features includ…
Landmark in Knoxville

Sunsphere

The city's visual centerpiece is the Sunsphere, a golden orb (disco ball!) atop a tower that's the main remnant of the 1982 World's Fair. You can take the elevator to the 4th-floor observation deck to see the skylin…
Museum in Knoxville

McClung Museum of Natural History

On the campus of UT, this small natural-history museum is a good rainy-day distraction for families. You'll find dinosaur bones from Tennessee in the Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee Gallery (as well as din…