Located in historically rich Greeneville, Tennessee, the Museum contains artifacts and gallery content covering centuries. Visit our 12 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 is changing to the Greeneville-Greene County History Museum to more properly focus on the local area that is reflected in our artifacts and displays.
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 East Tennessee Association of Museums, and the Greene County Association of Museums.
We welcome your suggestions, questions, and comments about our galleries and exhibits. Please use the convenient form below. Your opinions matter to us!
Our normal operating hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11AM-4PM. Other times by appointment.
Tour groups are always welcome, and we are located near the President Andrew Johnson Homestead in historic downtown Greeneville. We prefer advance registration for group tours. Donations are always appreciated.
Formerly The Nathanael Greene Museum
Enjoy the story of this area and learn more about Greene County's long and compelling history. We're open Tuesday Through Saturday from 11AM-4PM. Find us downtown at the corner of Main and McKee near President Andrew Johnson's home.
Tales and Tea-June 10th:
Join us for stories behind the quilts and traditional tea. Details coming soon!
Twelve Galleries over a Dozen Walk-through Exhibits
Come take a walk through your history. From the time before man inhabited East Tennessee to the impact of medicine and local legends, stroll through a downtown street as it might have been in 1900. Learn why the Civil War divided families. See the impact of slavery, and how the area's African American community grew with pride. From an 1787 log home to a 1917 fire engine, your trip through history is attention grabbing.
We're open Tuesday through Saturday from 11AM to 4PM. Special tours may be arranged at other times by contacting us. There is no admission charge, but your donations help us operate and add more exhibits.
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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.
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Photo Credits: Museum Archives, Linnie Greene, Randi Nott, Amy Saxonmeyer, Dan Spice