East Tennessee History Center

Region: Downtown
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 215-8824



Temporarily closed in response to CDC recommendations. Please refer to this organization's website for more information.

The Museum of East Tennessee History holds the key to Knoxville’s past. Ever-changing, award-winning exhibits tell the history of the people, places and events that shaped this region. Located directly across the street from the Tennessee Theatre and just blocks from other historic attractions, including Blount Mansion and James White's Fort, the Center strives to capture the interest of a wide range of audiences. The interactive displays found in the signature exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, allow visitors the opportunity to not only be in the presence of original artifacts that stood witness to the region's past but also to hear first-person accounts of what life was like, all amidst a backdrop of compelling, historic imagery. The East Tennessee History Center is also home to a premier research library and genealogy magazine. Many people who come to explore Knoxville’s civil war history and historic homes stop here to learn about their own history.


  • Alcohol Allowed: Yes - if catered
  • Outside Caterer Allowed:
  • Parking: Public Parking
  • Total Capacity: 275