Tour groups are always welcome, and we are located near the President Andrew Johnson Homestead in historic downtown Greeneville. We prefer advance reservations for group tours. Donations are always appreciated.
We are a proud member of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), The Tennessee Association of Museums, the Northeast Tennessee Association of Museums, and the Greene County Association of Museums.
We recognize in special appreciation the Youth Builders of Greeneville for their ongoing support, and Humanities Tennessee for their support of the renovation of the Earl Fletcher, Jr. Veterans Gallery.
Our normal operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-4PM. Other times by appointment.
The Babb Homestead
To preserve, protect and exhibit the history and historic artifacts of Greeneville and Greene County while educating and connecting the community to its culture and heritage.
Located in historically rich Greeneville, Tennessee, the Museum contains artifacts and gallery content covering centuries. Visit our 13 permanent galleries and over 12 walk-through exhibits and explore every facet of the region's history. Just outside our main building, see the fully restored 1917 American LaFrance fire engine and the Babb Homestead, first built in 1787 and now a part of the Museum's collection. The Museum's collection of antiques, fine furniture, quilts and clothing illustrates the promise of America. From the historic farm implements to the Magnavox Gallery, take a walk through your heritage...your history.
While our collections date back to prehistoric times and our building to 1916, The Museum began in 1983 and grew from a very humble beginning to today's outstanding collection. The original name of the Nathanael Greene Museum honored the man for whom Greene County and Greeneville were named. The Revolutionary War hero never lived here, but received a massive land grant for his service to the country. In 2015, our name changed to the Greeneville-Greene County History Museum to more properly focus on the local area that is reflected in our artifacts and displays.
We welcome your suggestions, questions, and comments about our galleries and exhibits. Please use the convenient form below. Your opinions matter to us!
Now on Exhibit/Main Hall:
When Greeneville Was The Capitol
The Lost State of Franklin
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Looking Back - Moving Forward
The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-4PM. Masks are now required under county ordinance. We have disposable masks available. Special sanitation steps are being taken. The Children's Greene Adventure Gallery will remain closed because of the hands-on nature of this gallery. We appreciate your understanding.
A New Museum Home:
Get more information about the new Museum building on this site. Click here.
The Greeneville Greene County History Museum is one of only seven museums in America to complete the gold/top tier certification in all six areas of operation with the American Association of State and Local History.
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Photo Credits: Museum Archives, Linnie Greene, Randi Nott, Amy Saxonmeyer, Dan Spice