Tennessee Educational Excursions
Afford your child the best chance to learn by taking field trips to different locations that encourage learning and curiosity. The locations listed below are wonderful tools in reinforcing the ideas taught in the classroom while having fun!
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
An interactive, educational experience while building an understanding of the aquatic world and the need to conserve and protect it.
Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.
Phone: (888) 240-1358 Toll Free.
The Children's Museum of Memphis
Encourages the curiosity and imagination of children and their families through interactive exhibitions, programs and resources that help demystify the arts, sciences, humanities and technology.
Address: 2525 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 458-2678
Hands on! Regional Museum
Become a pioneer, an explorer, or an inventor, ready to find new places and experience new things, like science, the world around us and technology.
Address: 315 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601
Phone: (423) 434-4263
Creative Discovery Museum
There's always something new to see and do at Creative Discovery Museum. We believe that kids learn best when they're having fun.
That's why we make everything we do fun and exciting for children of all ages. Click on these links to find more fun things for kids and their parents to enjoy. There are clubs just for kids, camps, art lessons, science shows, exciting overnight adventures, gooey workshops and parties galore. Discover and have fun!
Address: 321 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Your Tennessee Aquarium experience, which will take at least two hours, includes admission to both River Journey and Ocean Journey. For express entry purchase tickets in advance online or become a Tennessee Aquarium member. Add an IMAX movie for just $5!
Address: One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37401-2048
Phone: (800) 262-0695; 423-265-0698
Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm Museum
The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm features a mini-theater, a museum and a pearl jewelry showroom. Admission is free of charge and visitors enjoy learning about the history of pearl farming.
Address: 255 Marina Road, Camden, TN 38320
Chattanooga Regional History Museum
Featured in the museum are a wide variety of relics, artifacts and photographs. Exhibits are constantly changing. The purpose of the museum is to inform people of the life in Chattanooga, from the past up to the mid-20th century. A hand-on discovery room is featured at the museum.
Address: 400 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattanooga Civil War Museum
Learn about the Civil War from all aspects. Methods of learning include interactive touch-screens, reproduction uniforms, mannequins and hands-on interactive exhibits. Presentations from a historian are performed; the talks discuss the reality of war. Discover how cannons function.
Address: 3914 Street Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409
Hunter Museum of American Art
Enjoy American art from the present day and as far back as the Colonial period. The museum is located above the Tennessee River. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, furniture and more. The museum has been divided into two building, one houses 19th century art, and the other 20th century art.
Address: 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga, TN 37403
The Lotz House Museum
This museum has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections and artifacts of the war between the States and the Old West. Artifacts include headdresses, photographs, battle shirts and pottery and much more.
Address: 1111 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN
Located on an 8-acre Civil War battlefield near Franklin sits the Carter House. Built in 1830, the building now houses a museum about the 1864 Battle of Franklin, as well as one of the most damaged buildings from Civil War which contains more than 1,000 bullet holes. Visitors can take tour the house and grounds, watch a video and go on a self-guided tour through the museum.
Address: 1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064
Star Cars Museum
Featured in the museum are cars of famous Hollywood stars and movies. The cars from Gone in Sixty Seconds, Ghostbusters, Flintstones, Jurassic Park, Twister and many more are featured. Also included is the famous Studio Batmobile from the movie Batman Returns.
Address: 914 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN
Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum
Learn about the history of Tennessee's oldest town at the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. Exhibits include a number of artifacts, archives, documents, and photographs. The museum is open daily and does not charge an admission fee. Donations are welcome.
Address: 212 E. Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, TN 37659
Frank H. McClung Museum
The museum's collection includes anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, medicine and local history. The museum is located in the University of Tennessee. Over 38,000 square feet of space is featured. Exhibitions are dedicated to supporting university programs.
Address: 1327 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996
Beck Cultural Exchange Center
The Beck Cultural Exchange Center is a museum that is filled with thousands of photographs, artifacts and exhibits that preserves black history in America. An extensive resource library is also located at this center.
Address: 1927 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
David Crockett State Park
David Crockett State Park is dedicated to one of Tennessee's most celebrated citizens. This park features a museum that celebrates the life and times of David Crockett. Recreational facilities are also available, including hiking trails, tennis courts and an archery area.
Address: 1400 West Gaines, Lawrenceberg, TN 38464
National Civil Rights Museum
The purpose of the museum is to inform visitors of the Civil Rights movement. Understanding should be made of the impact the movement caused. Collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs provide information. Over 10,000 square feet of exhibits are permanent.
Address: 450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103
Fire Museum of Memphis
Discover fire safety and all the proper methods of dealing with fire. The museum is located in the Fire Engine House No.1, which is located in downtown Memphis. Discover the history of fire fighting methods. Teachings are made through hi-tech programs and computer games.
Address: 118 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium
Featured at the museum is a replica of the first self-service grocery store in the United States. The museum uses exhibits, dioramas and audiovisuals to portray the culture and history of the Mid-South. Over 240,000 people visit the museum on a yearly basis. An award winning medical exhibit is located on-site.
Address: 3050 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring aims to provide a hands-on learning environment for children and adults alike. The museums features indoor exhibit areas, 20 acres (8 ha) of wetland habitat and several outdoor exhibits. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday.
Address: 502 SE Broad St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Upper House Chapel and Museum
Over 25,000 people visit the Upper House per year. The main attraction of the chapel is the woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci's painting, the Last Supper. The museum features many collections that reflect the nature of the Upper House. Nativity scenes are presented during December and January.
Address: 1908 Grand Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
The botanical gardens are located on 55-acres. Also featured on-site is a learning center, which includes contemporary art, gift shop, workshops and a restaurant. Recently renovated are the color garden, water garden, seasons garden and the woodland sculpture trail.
Address: 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205
Located in Centennial Park, the Parthenon is a full-size replica of the one on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Situated in the Parthenon is a large 42-foot sculpture of the Athena. A permanent art collection is located on-site. This is the only replica in the world.
Address: West End and 25 Ave, Nashville, TN 37201
Cumberland Science Museum
Offering a variety of exhibits, including the prehistoric dino rumble. Science demonstrations are provided daily. The main attraction is a 40-foot planetarium. Parking is offered at no charge. The museum is non-profit and run by volunteers. Summer camps are provided by the organization.
Address: 800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN 37203
This museum is billed as the largest private collection of Elvis memoribilia in the United States. Self guided walking tours are available.
Address: Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Floys Garret's Muscle Car Museum
This museum displays over 90 vehicles from the golden age of the American muscle cars in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Cars on display include a 1967 Firebird, a 1970 Chevelle and a 1971 Cuda convertible.
Address: 320 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37876