East Tennessee Historical Society

The Museum Collection of the East Tennessee Historical Society consists of more than 13,000 artifacts and provides a foundation for fulfilling ETHS’s mission to preserve, interpret, and promote the history of East Tennessee’s 35 counties. The Museum Collection is primarily comprised of objects of material culture that were either made or used in the region or somehow illustrate East Tennessee life and experience in a significant way. A concerted effort is made to represent people of varied background and from many time periods through the collection, starting with the Cherokee in the early 1700s and ending with the 1982 World’s Fair. Particular strengths of the Museum Collection include: decorative arts, especially furniture and paintings; textiles, especially quilts; and Civil War items, both from Union and Confederate armies, representing the “divided loyalties” so predominate in East Tennessee.

The East Tennessee Historical Society hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Museum of East Tennessee History hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902


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