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East Tennesse Historical Society Reviews
A local family okayed an historical nativity village. It was very interesting, as well as other artifacts dealing with history. more »
A great place to learn about regional East Tennessee history. Many lectures and interesting programs. Located in the center of downtown with numerous dining and hotels within a couple of blocks. more »
The exhibits here are well-designed, historically significant, and locally-relevant. The museum is one of the smaller but more focused types. In this case, the focus is on Tennessee history. That being said, the museum is hardly small, as it takes up most of a city block. You can view the whole thing in an afternoon if you aren't going to interact with everything. If you are the sort of person who has to 100% every museum you visit (like me!), then this one can keep you occupied for an entire day. A museum is an odd sell for a review. If you are big on museums, then you'll love this one. If you aren't, then this one won't change your mind. Ultimately, I decided to give it a five-star rating because it is an excellent specimen of what it sets out to be. Did I like it better than the Smithsonian or the British Museum? No, but that doesn't mean that it deserves any less than a perfect score because it treats its' chosen subject with reverence, respect, and thoroughness. In short, I would recommend it to anyone interested in what this place is offering.
This is a well done highly produced low-tech experience. It was refreshing to experience the museum without an in your face technology overlay. They have great videos and many of the artifacts are priceless. I especially loved the infographics. Especially, interested in the graphic that showed how the majority of the region chose to stay part of the United States of America during the civil war. My takeaway from the museum is that East Tennessee is a rugged community that breaks many stereotypes. The quality of the museum's production reflects the quality of the regions people.
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