Past Exhibits

  • The First 20 Years of Television in East Tennessee
    November 2, 2013 - 10:00am to February 23, 2014 - 5:00pm

    In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of television going live across East Tennessee's air waves, visit the Museum of East Tennessee History for a chance to re-live the programs and personalities from the first 20 years of television.

  • Knoxville's 1913 National Conservation Exposition
    October 12, 2013 - 12:00pm to October 13, 2013 - 12:00pm

    Modern. Progressive. Knoxvillians at the turn of the twentieth century often used similar words to describe their hometown, a city short of 40,000 residents but long on the dream of outpacing other great Southern cities, such as Atlanta.

    Knoxville’s internal vision and drive, however, did not match outsiders’ estimation of the...

  • Photographic History Exhibit
    June 19, 2013 - 9:00am to August 7, 2013 - 4:00pm


    This photographic exhibit tells the story of world-changing events, people and places in East Tennessee. The story begins in 1942 at a most unusual place first called the Kingston Demolition Range, then Clinton Engineer Works and finally known as Oak Ridge. Many of the exhibit photographs were taken by Ed Westcott, the official...

  • Tennessee in the War of 1812
    January 28, 2013 - 9:00am to May 19, 2013 - 5:00pm
  • The Civil War Experience in Tennessee
    November 12, 2012 - 10:00am to January 13, 2013 - 5:00pm

    Common People in Uncommon Times: The Civil War Experience in Tennessee, the official traveling exhibit of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, focuses on how the American Civil War impacted the lives of Tennesseans through personal stories of some of the participants. Their tales represent a diverse array of...

  • Civil War Tombstones and the Stories They Tell
    November 12, 2012 - 9:00am to January 13, 2013 - 5:00am

    The Civil War in East Tennessee was greeted by a flourish of speeches, bugles, and drums luring brave-spirited young men to march into war. But soon the glory and music faded,and these same young men were on the battlefield—bleeding, suffering, and dying.

    The American Civil War resulted in an estimated 620,000 casualties. The Tennessee...

  • A Special Exhibition of Wood-Fired Pottery by Peter Rose
    May 16, 2011 - 9:00am to October 30, 2011 - 5:00pm
    An Australian potter preserving East Tennessee traditions

    On Saturday mornings at least twice a year, a community gathers around Peter Rose’s wood-fired kiln in northeast Knox County. It is a ritual that is not uncommon to the South, a celebration of the kiln’s opening, a chance to see and possibly purchase direct from the potter a molded...

  • Images of Home and Heritage
    October 19, 2009 - 9:00am to February 7, 2010 - 5:00pm
    Home is where the heart is  . . .

    “Russell Briscoe’s paintings reflect the work of both historian and artist. His attention to detail and accuracy and his use of color give us a very special and unique glimpse of our area’s past.” – Steve Cotham, manager of the Calvin M. McClung Historical...