Second Floor
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
First Floor
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
Third Floor
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
Second Floor
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017

Past Exhibits

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 19, 2016 - 10:00am to January 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

    A special exhibit at the Museum of East Tennessee History through January 16 will remember the legendary life and legacy of Waymon Earl Terrell (1950-2015). Earl was well known to the Powell community, where he was regularly seen riding his bicycle and pulling a cart along the busy thoroughfares of Clinton Highway and Emory Road, his dogs often...

  • From Erzgebirge, Germany, to Wartburg, Tennessee
    November 21, 2016 - 9:00am to January 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
    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.


  • Knoxville's Contributions to American Popular Music
    April 16, 2016 - 10:00am to October 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

    In 1929 and again in 1930, Brunswick Records' Vocalion label set up a temporary recording studio at the St. James Hotel in downtown Knoxville and invited locals to come make records. These old-time, jazz, blues, and gospel recordings added Knoxville's voice to American popular music and inspired the next generation of country music stars. In an...

  • Tennessee Family History Weekend
    August 19, 2016 - 9:00am to August 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

    Tennessee Family History Weekend is an opportunity for the whole family to discover the fun side of Tennessee's history! Through the First Families of Tennessee (FFT) Reunion, which includes a genealogy conference, a Jubilee supper at the home of Governor John Sevier, and a day-long bus tour to historic sites in Upper...

  • Have a Blast with the Past! Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016
    August 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Saturday, August 20, 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...

  • August 1, 2016 - 9:00am to August 7, 2016 - 5:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society is pleased to partner with East Tennessee PBS and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center to commemorate the 8th of August as the date traditionally observed as the day on which Andrew Johnson freed his slaves. Although President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect January 1, 1863, it did not apply to...

  • Lloyd Branson, 1853-1925
    November 7, 2015 - 10:00am to March 20, 2016 - 5:00pm

    Native genius. Boy artist. These and other descriptors were often applied to Lloyd Branson, who grew from a precocious sketcher on his family’s East Tennessee farm to an accomplished artist best known for portraits of Southern politicians and depictions of early Tennessee history. For the first time, Branson is the subject...

  • Works from Life and Travels
    January 25, 2016 - 9:00am to March 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Edward S. Albers, Jr. was born August 2, 1925 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is widely known as “Bud.” Growing up, he enjoyed his father’s workshop tools and his drawing board, triangles, T-square, and pencils to freehand drawing trains and planes. Encouraged by an excellent grammar school teacher Mary Dowell, he studied the techniques of...