Upcoming Exhibits

One of the primary ways the Museum of East Tennessee History fulfills its mission to preserve, interpret, and promote the history of Tennessee—and especially the history of East Tennessee—is through an active exhibition program. These award-winning exhibitions often focus on a particular aspect of East Tennessee's culture and heritage and, since they change frequently, visitors are encouraged to return often to explore the region's past.

The exhibitions listed below are currently in development, and as such, information is subject to change. Please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

  • An Artist of Rare Merit
    April 23, 2021 - 9:00am to January 30, 2022 - 5:00pm

    “There are two ways of understanding portraiture–either as history or as fiction.”–Charles Baudelaire, 1846

    Portraits were the “social media posts” of the American colonial and antebellum periods. 

    Today, social media allows users to not only visually document and share life’s moments  but also curate...

  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
    April 22, 2022 - 8:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society & Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law with presenting sponsors KaTom Restaurant Supply, Ihop, & The Honorable Bill and Chrissy Haslam invite you to attend A Historic Evening with Jon Meacham

    Destiny and Power: The American...
  • Have a Blast with the Past! Hopefully back in 2022!
    August 20, 2022 - 10:00am

    The East Tennessee Historical Society annually presents a 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!

    Walk the...