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East Tennessee History Center

601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA

A visit to the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville will bring you face to face with the region's history makers. Here you can visit a museum, uncover your family's roots, learn about historic sites, make use of research facilities, and ustilize other historical and genealogical resources in this thirty-five-county region. Housed on the first floor of the center, the East Tennessee Historical Society pursues its educational mission through publications, lectures, conferences, and school programs. The ETHS Museum explores more than two centuries of life in the Tennessee Valley, including extensive collections of East Tennessee-related Civil War and Reconstruction artifacts, memorabilia, uniforms, weaponry, flags, and items reflecting the divided loyalties of the region. Researchers can trace their own Civil War ancestry through the Civil War Families in Tennessee project and the vast genealogical program, Civil War Families of Tennessee, on the center's upper floors. The History Center displays the signature exhibit "Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee," as well as numerous temporary exhibits. Although the East Tennessee Historical Society offices are now housed on the second floor and are not accessible by the public, the Museum of East Tennessee History is located on the first floor and is maintained by the Historical Society.


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From I-75 north merge onto I-40 east and continue toward downtown Knoxville. Take exit 388 (U.S. 441/Henley Street), keep right at fork in ramp, and turn left onto Western Avenue, which becomes Summit Hill Drive. Turn right onto Gay Street. The History Center is on the corner of Gay and Clinch Avenue, directly across from the Tennessee Theatre. From I-75 south take I-275 to the I-40 east/Henley Street/U.S. 441 exit. Keep right at the fork in the ramp, turning left onto Western and follow directions above. From I-81 south continue onto I-40 west. Take exit 388A (James White Parkway) to Cumberland Avenue. Continue on Cumberland Avenue and turn right on Gay Street.

Visitor Services

Information, handicapped access, research library, gift shop, parking

Regular Events

Changing exhibits, Historical Society lectures, annual East Tennessee History Fair in August.

Available Interpretation

interpretive exhibits

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Adults $5.00, seniors $4.00, children under 16 free. Free admission for all visitors on Sundays.


Monday-Friday: 9:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M., Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sunday: 1:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M. Hours for the McClung Historical Collection and the Knox County Archives differ.



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