As children head back to school in Tennessee this month, the Tennessee State Museum is excited to reveal new activity updates to its Children’s Gallery. It’s less a grand reopening, and more a grand refreshen-ing!
With a whimsical design by Lucie Rice inspired by Tennessee’s many state symbols, the Children’s Gallery encourages children of all ages (but especially 2-8) to explore, play, and discover Tennessee’s history and culture in a hands-on way. Take a tour of Tennessee by walking along a giant map of the state, stopping along the way to learn what makes Tennessee unique and extraordinary. Try on period and rock ‘n’ roll costumes in the West Tennessee STAX Records area that pays homage to Memphis's music history. Discover how Reelfoot Lake was created with an automated earthquake table. Run your own farmers' market in Middle Tennessee. Play with trains in Chattanooga and explore all the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer in East Tennessee. There's even an area to trace fossils from the Gray Fossil Site!
The celebration on Saturday, August 20 from 10:30am – 11:30am will include a performance by children’s entertainer Mr. Matty, a reading of the book V is for Volunteer by author Michael Shoulders and illustrator Bruce Langston, and take-away art kits based on the book and snacks.
The updated Children’s Gallery at the Tennessee State Museum proves you’re never too young to learn about Tennessee history!
Source: Tennessee State Museum
Free parking is available in the parking lot which is located between the Museum and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There is also free two-hour parking available along 6th and 7th Avenues. Because there are a limited number of these spots used by both Museum and Farmers' Market visitors, it is highly recommended that on the weekends, visitors seek alternate modes of transportation to visit the Museum. State of Tennessee parking lots are available Monday through Friday, after 5:30pm, or on weekends unless otherwise stated or reserved. Terms and conditions of use may vary according to the requested lot.