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 Northeast Tennessee Association of Museums, and the Greene County Association of Museums.
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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.
Winner of Two Prestigious Museum Awards in 2018
Enjoy the story of this area and learn more about Greene County's long and compelling history. We're open Tues.-Sat., 11AM-4PM. Find us downtown at the corner of Main and McKee near President Andrew Johnson's home.
World War One - Lessons and Legacies:
We welcome a travelling exhibit from the Smithsonian in Washington, DC that marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One. We have added our own display of World War One artifacts, and we honor Greene County Veterans of World War One in our award-winning Earl Fletcher, Jr. Veterans Honor Gallery. Please enjoy our latest exhibit. Study guides geared to grades 6-12 are available for teachers and home school parents.
Now on Exhibit...
World War I - Lessons & Legacies
On the 100 year anniversary of the end of WWI
Now through September, we welcome a travelling exhibit from The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC that shows the war effort and its effects on society and the world stage. The song "Over There" made its debut as part of the war. So did modern battlefield medicine and women's suffrage.
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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.
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