Knoxville Area Museum Educators Roundtable

The following museums and historic homes offer organized education programs to which teachers can bring their classes:

American Museum of Science and Energy
300 S. Tulane Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
865-576-3200 |
With over 20 programs for grades K – 5, AMSE Outreach has something for everyone. These exciting, educational enrichment opportunities can be used to reinforce classroom instruction or to introduce a new topic.

Blount Mansion
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902
865-525-2375 |
This “house with many eyes” witnessed the birth and growth of Knoxville, housed Tennessee governors and prominent families, and later became slum housing on the Knoxville riverfront. It was saved by early preservationists from destruction, and survives today to tell the stories of Tennessee’s birth and growth.

Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
461 W. Outer Drive, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
865-482-1074 |
Since 1973, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge has provided educational programs and exhibits with an emphasis on play and hands-on learning for all ages and backgrounds in the arts, environmental studies, history, and the world cultures that inspire, enrich, and improve the lives of East Tennessee children and their families.  Resources for educators include school group tours, traveling trunks on a variety of topics, and online lesson plans and other resources.

East Tennessee Historical Society
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901
865-215-8828 |
Explore three centuries of compelling stories, interesting artifacts, and colorful characters in the nationally-recognized exhibition “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee.” Explore your own history and heritage in the premiere regional genealogy research library and the Knox County Archives. Check out regularly changing exhibits and browse the Museum Shop for gifts, books, and souvenirs.

Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place
Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
1567 Downtown West Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37919
865-688-9440 |
We’re proud to offer guided tours, casual browsing, hands-on exhibits, memorabilia, a large collection of vintage Girl Scout uniforms, and more.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882
865-448-0044 |
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center is East Tennessee’s premier facility for out of the classroom, hands on learning. Travel back in time to learn about Cherokee culture and the migration of European settlers.

Historic Ramsey House
2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914
865-546-0745 |
Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The structure is significant for original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions. Colonel Francis A. Ramsey was one of the founding trustees of Blount College, now the University of Tennessee. One of his sons, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey authored an early history of the state, The Annals of Tennessee. Another son, William B.A. Ramsey, was the first popularly-elected mayor of Knoxville.

Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
The University of Tennessee, 1640 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-0931 |
Lesson plans are available.

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920
865-577-4717 |
This nature and wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center features seven miles of nature trails and 275 acres of protected woodlands, ponds, and meadows. Features include a boardwalk on the river, greenway, two reclaimed quarries with a mountain bike course, and Navitat’s tree-based zipline adventure park.

Knoxville Museum of Art
1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37916
865-525-6101 |
The KMA celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, serves and educates diverse audiences, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. Richard Jolley’s Cycle of Life, the world’s largest figural glass installation, is on permanent display.

Mabry-Hazen House & Bethel Cemetery
1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
865-522-8661 |
The Mabry-Hazen House Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located on six acres atop Mabry’s Hill in Knoxville,TN. Built in 1858 and housing three generations of the same family from 1858-1987, the Mabry-Hazen House served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War. This stately, elegant home of the Victorian and Civil War periods showcases one of the largest original family collection in America. Containing original artifacts including china, silver, crystal, and antique furnishings, this home is a rare view into the past. The Civil War, a gunfight on Gay Street in 1882, and a Breach of Promise lawsuit in the early 1930’s are only a few stories that bring life and color to those who visit the museum.

Marble Springs
1220 West Gov. John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920
865-573-5508 |
Marble Springs State Historic Site is the last remaining home of John Sevier. Born in Virginia in 1745, John Sevier made a name for himself as a Revolutionary War Hero during the Battle of Kings Mountain (1780), a key player & Governor of the short-lived State of Franklin (1784-1788), and ultimately was elected to serve as the first Governor of the State of Tennessee (1796). Marble Springs was the approximate 350 acre farm that Sevier lived on from 1801-1815, the last years of his life. Sevier named his farm Marble Springs because of the Tennessee Rose Marble that was quarried on site and the natural springs that flowed on the property. While visiting Marble Springs, you will have the opportunity to tour several historic structures that are designed to represent various aspects of John Sevier’s life & times. These structures include: The Tavern, The Loom House, The Smoke House, The Spring House & the John Sevier Cabin and detached kitchen.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
The University of Tennessee, 1327 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-2144 |
The McClung Museum seeks to develop understanding and appreciation of natural history and culture though our collections, exhibitions, research, and programming. Exhibitions explore the biology, geology, history, archaeology, and artistic expressions from Tennessee and around the world. Accredited by the American Association of Museums; in association with the Smithsonian Institution. Located on the UT Campus. Free parking. Free admission.

Muse Knoxville
516 N Beaman St, Knoxville, TN 37914
865-594-1494 |
A children’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) museum, located in historic Chilhowee Park next to Zoo Knoxville with educational exhibits, play spaces and a full-dome planetarium.

Old Gray Cemetery
543 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917
865-522-1424 |
Take a walk through Knoxville history. Established in 1850 as part of the Rural Cemetery Movement, the 13 acres contain many examples of Victorian art and architecture. Named for the English poet Thomas Gray, author of Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, the cemetery is a place of serenity and beauty.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
700 Hall of Fame Dr. Knoxville, TN 37915
865-633-9000 |
Bounce off the walls with fun and interactive exhibits that will entertain all ages. After touring the museum, take some time to practice your skills on the indoor ball courts.

Zoo Knoxville
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331 |
Zoo Knoxville is committed to sharing ‘wildly fun’ experiences that educate and inspire. The Zoo features acres of creative habitats for more than 800 of the world’s most fascinating animals. See giraffes, elephants, and gorillas as you travel through grasslands of Africa. Ride a camel and feed a giraffe! Open year round.

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This information is provided by members of the Knoxville Area Museum Educators Roundtable.

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