Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Dec. 24-25, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2018
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Dec. 24-25, 2017
  • Holiday Hours Dec. 26 10am - 4 pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2018
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Dec. 24-26, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2018
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Dec. 24-26, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2018
865-215-8800
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Current Exhibits

History speaks through the Museum of East Tennessee History's permanent and changing exhibits! At the heart of the museum is the award-winning signature exhibit, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, a moving, artifact-rich journey through more than 300 years of life in East Tennessee. Popular, too, is the East Tennessee Streetscape, a true step back in time, wherein visitors can peruse the Corner Drug Store or climb aboard Island Home-bound Streetcar No. 416. Several times a year, changing exhibits installed in the Rogers-Claussen Feature Gallery highlight special stories from East Tennessee's past.
 
So, come explore the region's history and heritage! The following exhibits are currently on display:

  • Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society's Permanent Collection
    August 7, 2017 to January 2, 2018

     

    East Tennessee families treasure quilts made by their ancestors. Besides warming and decorating the bed, quilts also serve as reminders of important events—births, weddings, service to our country, the death of loved ones. Often, these memories are preserved in notes attached to the quilts or through stories handed down to younger...

  • Have a Blast with the Past! Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
    August 18, 2017 to August 18, 2018

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Saturday, August 18, for an one-of-a-kind celebration of our region's history! Participants representing the people, places, and events that shaped our past spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive...

  • From Erzgebirge, Germany, to Wartburg, Tennessee
    November 20, 2017 to January 7, 2018
    A Family's Christmas Tradition

    Charles Gottlieb Ficke/Fickey and wife Ernestine Augusta Auerswald, through whom the crèche (above) and Christmas carousel (right) descended, immigrated to the United States from the Saxony region of Germany in 1883. Accompanying them were their sons Ernest, 15, and Theodore, 10.

    An...

  • Section 2: The Land Beckons
    The Land Beckons Their vallies are of the richest soil…. Should this country once come into the hands of the Europeans, they may with propriety call it the American Canaan. —J. W. Gerard DeBrahm, Fort Loudoun engineer, 1756   The great God of Nature has placed us in different situations…. He has given each their land…he has stocked yours...
  • Section 3: A Land Divided
    A Land Divided East and west Tennessee will, in the end … form two separate states … by the limits which nature herself has formed … in separating them by the high mountains of Cumberland, and … by the total difference in their commercial relations. —F. A. Michaux, M. D., traveling botanist, 1805   With the frontier behind them,...