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B. Carroll Reece Museum, Johnson City

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For more than 50 years the Reece Museum has told the many stories of Appalachia. Housing over 20,000 artifacts, the Reece collection captures the region's past as well as its contemporary art and culture.

As one of the first museums in Tennessee to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Reece continues to meet AAM's high standards of excellence. Currently, the Reece is one of only thirteen museums in Tennessee to receive this accreditation.

The Museum began in the late 1920s as a class project created by history professor Maxine Mathews. Under the supervision of ETSU President Charles C. Sherrod, the Museum continued to grow. During the 1930s and 1940s, librarians staffed the Museum and provided tours to visitors.

In August 1961, Louise Goff Reece, wife of the late Congressman Brazilla Carroll Reece, donated her husband's personal library, including congressional reports, files, and other materials of educational and historic value, to ETSU. Formally dedicated on October 10, 1965, the B. Carroll Reece Memorial Museum was established as a tribute to the memory of First District Congressman B. Carroll Reece as a "storehouse of knowledge ... for the use of the university's students and the citizens of the state."
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  • I have seen Salvador Dali paintings there and another time a travelling exhibit from the Holocaust Museum from Washington D.C.  more »
  • Reece Museum is located on the campus of East Tennessee State University but its exhibitions are not focused on a student audience but on the general public. They present excellent exhibitions of...  more »
  • The underwater high school exhibit was well done. The Overmountain Weavers Guild display was impressive.
  • The Reece Museum has great, friendly staff and a breadth of unique and interesting artifacts from various cultures. Definitely worth a visit.

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