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Here are a few of Knoxville's area attractions and museums to enjoy.
Alex Haley Statue
Magnificent statue honoring Alex Haley, author of “Roots,” who made Knoxville his home. Designed for interaction, the statue is located next to a playground and is surrounded by a scenic city park.
Morningside Park
1600 Dandridge Avenue
800-727-8045

American Museum of Science & Energy
One of the world's largest energy exhibitions. Hands-on exhibits, displays, models, films, games, and live demonstrations.
300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge
865-576-3200

Armstrong-Lockett House (Crescent Bend)
Built in 1834. Contains exquisite collection of 18th century English and American furniture and art. Three-acre formal Italian-terraced garden overlooking the Tennessee River. Crescent Bend was constructed as a residence for Drury P. Armstrong -- a merchant, farmer, and county official -- in 1834. It is also called the "Armstrong-Lockett House" for the first and last families to use it as a residence.
2728 Kingston Pike
865-637-3163

Beck Cultural Exchange Center
One of the oldest museums and historical reservoirs of African-American heritage and achievement in the Southeastern United States, this museum depicts the history of African-Americans through its extensive collection of photographs, newspapers, audio and video recordings, biographies, books, and artwork.
1927 Dandridge Avenue
865-524-8461

Blount Mansion
See the 1792 Blount Mansion, home and Capitol of Gov. William Blount, signer of the U.S. Constitution. Guided tours of this National Historic Landmark show 18th century antiques and the workings of frontier government.
200 West Hill Avenue
865-525-2375

Candy Factory & Victorian Houses
This 19th century building used to be a Candy Factory, but now is home to The Chocolate Factory candy and gift shop. Fort Kid (kids playground) is right across the street.
1060 World’s Fair Park Drive
865-546-5707

Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
A unique educational resource, the museum provides children with the opportunity to learn while playing - to create, discover, solve, and experience, within non-traditional, interactive exhibit galleries.
461 W. Outer Drive
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
865-482-1074

Civil War Sites Tour
This tour covers significant Knoxville Civil War sites. Prepared by the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable.

Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)
Confederate Memorial Hall, originally named Bleak House, has a rich and interesting past. Completed in 1858 for Robert & Louise Franklin Armstrong, it served as headquarters of General James Longstreet, C.S.A., during the “siege of Knoxville” in 1863. Visible reminders of the war and a Confederate museum.
3148 Kingston Pike, S.W.
865-522-2371

Cradle of Country Music Tour
A downtown walking tour highlighting the early development of country music in Knoxville.
601 S. Gay Street
865-215-8824

East Tennessee Discovery Center
Hands-on science center offers educational fun for children of all ages.
516 N. Beaman St.
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-594-1494

East Tennessee Historical Center
For nearly 170 years, the East Tennessee Historical Society has been helping East Tennesseeans hold on to their unique heritage, recording the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise the history we all share.
601 S. Gay Street
865-215-8824

East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association
This is a public plaza with a formal arrangement of granite pillars bearing the names of over 6,200 fallen heroes from 35 East Tennessee counties who died in military service during named conflicts since World War I.
World's Fair Park Drive
865-633-8337

Emporium Center for Arts & Culture
In the heart of downtown Knoxville and one block from the Visitors Center, the Emporium includes an expansive gallery and numerous artist studios. Its spaces celebrate East Tennessee’s unique world-view with regular openings, poetry slams, and eclectic performances.
100 S. Gay Street
865-523-7543

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
520,000 acres encompass more than 850 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding; 735 miles of streams for fishing; many developed and backcountry campsites; spectacular scenery and views from peaks over 6,000 feet; several visitors centers with interpretive exhibits and artifacts. The most visited National Park in the U.S.
Approx. 40 miles southeast of Knoxville
865-436-1200

Ijams Nature Center
A 150-acre park with mulched and paved trails, a waterfront boardwalk and wildlife viewing areas. Seasonal events include music concerts, owl prowls, canoe trips, plant sales and guided nature walks.
2915 Island Home Avenue
865-577-4717

International Friendship Bell
The first monument between a U.S. Manhattan Project city and Japan. The bell serves as an expression of hope for everlasting peace.
Badger Ave., Oak Ridge
865-482-7821

James White's Fort
The home of James White who settled here on a 1,000-acre grant. His first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period, gives a glimpse into the daily existence of early settlers to this region Knoxville's most visited historic site.
205 East Hill Avenue
865-525-6514

Knoxville Botanical Gardens
The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is located on 47 acres of former Howell Nurseries, featuring walking trails, display gardens, unique & historic horticulture and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, just five minutes from downtown. A privately owned and operated Garden, it is supported through donations which allows these beautiful Gardens to the public for free!
2743 Wimpole Avenue
865-540-8690

Knoxville Museum of Art
KMA showcases exhibitions from around the world and a permanent collection of contemporary art. The museum contains four galleries, gardens and a museum shop. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.
1050 World's Fair Park
865-525-6101

Knoxville Zoo
Discover a world of wonder at Knoxville Zoo. Grasslands Africa! brings the animals of Africa to one location. Enjoy elephants, giraffe, zebra, kudu, gazelles, waterbuck and several birds. Admission charge.
Exit 392 off I-40
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
865-637-5331

Mabry-Hazen House Museum and Civil War Bethel Cemetery
The home, of the Victorian and Civil War periods, showcases original artifacts, including china, silver, crystal and antique furnishings. The house served as headquarters for Union and Confederate troops. More than 1,600 Civil War soldiers and 50 Union prisoners are buried in Bethel Cemetery
1711 Dandridge Avenue
865-522-8661

Marble Springs State Historic Farmstead
The original home of Gov. John Sevier, a loom house, tavern, smokehouse and half-cantilever barn are used to educate the public about the life and times of Gov. John Sevier. Hours of Operation: Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sundays 12 pm-5 pm.
1220 W. Governor John Sevier Hwy.
865-573-5508

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
A general museum with collections in anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, medicine, local history and natural history. The exhibits document ways of life, cultural trends, and technologies from prehistoric times to the present day, and showcase much of Tennessee's past -- its geology, history, art, and culture.
1327 Circle Park Drive
865-974-2144

Museum of Appalachia, TN
The most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian life in the world.
Hwy 61
Norris, TN 37828
865-494-7680

Old City Historic District
Shops and boutiques offering unique gifts, crafts, antiques, art and clothing. Also home to popular coffee shops, restaurants and nightspots.
Jackson Avenue and Central Street intersection in Downtown Knoxville

Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
The Center has maps, flyers and other outdoor resources available to help everyone get out and play. The Center also offers a community room, theater and patio for a nominal fee for community and club events. Centrally located with easy access to the greenway and the Tennessee River, the Center makes outdoor recreation more accessible to everyone including bike and boat rentals available through River Sports Outfitters.
900 Volunteer Landing Lane
865-525-2585 - room rentals
865-523-0066 - boat/bike rentals

Old Gray Cemetery
This 13 acres of beauty and history, is over 150 years old. Although the land was purchased in 1850 the cemetery was not dedicated until 1852 when the first 40 lots were sold at public auction. Today Old Gray clearly depicts Knoxville's history as well as the Victorian era and provides an important example of cemetery planning and design during the rural-cemetery or garden movement.
939 Tyson Street
865-522-1424

Ramsey House Plantation
Ramsey House Plantation is a 1797 historic house museum open to the public through guided tours. The site includes a Visitor Center that houses a museum shop, exhibits, and ticket sales. With over 100 acres, the site hosts picnic areas and heirloom gardens for guests to visit.
2614 Thorn Grove Pike
865-546-0745

Star of Knoxville Riverboat
Enjoy the scenic Tennessee River aboard an authentic sternwheel riverboat which offers lunch, sightseeing, dinner and party cruises. The two-hour dinner cruise features live entertainment and different themes each night.
300 Neyland Drive
865-525-7827

Sunsphere
A golden glass ball in downtown Knoxville, that was built as the signature structure for the 1982 World’s Fair. It is 266 feet tall and has 26 stories. The actual ball itself houses only five levels.
810 Clinch Avenue or World's Fair Park Drive

Tennessee Woman's Suffrage Memorial
The Suffrage Coalition was founded to create a lasting memorial to the suffragists of Tennessee. The Suffrage Coalition has erected a life-size, bronze statue featuring three Tennessee suffragists: Lizzie Crozier French of Knoxville, Anne Dallas Dudley of Nashville, and Elizabeth Avery Meriwether of Memphis.
Market Square

The System Works: Participating in the American Republic
This museum is an interactive overview of Tennessee politics, Senator Howard Baker's extraordinary career in public service, and how the Federal Government works.
Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1640 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-0931

Three Rivers Rambler
This vintage steam engine train takes guests on a 90-minute excursion to the Forks of the River and back, through some of Knoxville’s most historic and beautiful countryside.
Volunteer Landing: Neyland Drive between Calhoun’s and the Boathouse
865-524-9411

University of Tennessee Football Hall of Fame
It’s always Football Time in Tennessee at the UT Football Hall of Fame. The museum stands as a tribute to the student athletes who shaped 100 years of Volunteer Football.
Neyland Thompson Sports Center
1704 Johnny Majors Drive on UT campus
865-974-5789

Volunteer Landing
Beautiful and scenic one mile paved riverwalk that offers something for everyone with features including a regional visitor center, three restaurants, a full service marina, unique attractions, historical homes, waterfalls and fountains, and a premier hotel.
Neyland Drive & Hill Avenue
800-727-8045

Volunteer Princess Cruises
Cruise the scenic Tennessee River aboard the finest luxury yacht in the heart of Downtown Knoxville. Located at Volunteer Landing Marina.
Volunteer Landing Marina
Downtown Knoxville, TN
865-541-4556

Volunteer State Veteran's Hall of Honor
A tribute to Tennesseans who saw duty in combat, this Hall of Honor museum contains over 2,000 relics and exhibits that range from the Civil War through the Persian Gulf War.
4000 Chapman Highway
865-577-0757

WDVX 89.9 Radio Station and Blue Plate Special
The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance Monday through Saturday at noon at the Knoxville Visitors Center on the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive in Downtown Knoxville. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast and webcast around the world.
301 South Gay St. in Visitor Center
865-544-1029

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame honors the past, celebrates the present and promotes the future of the women’s game.
At 700 Hall of Fame Drive
865-633-9000

World's Fair Park
Once the site of the 1982 World's Fair, this magnificent 52-acre park includes a large variety of attractions, shops, galleries, restaurants, and the Knoxville Convention Center.
1060 World's Fair Park Drive
865-215-1158

W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens
Terraced 3-acre formal garden w/roses, thousand of blooming flowers, & 5 fountains overlooking TN River. 20,000 Tulips bloom each spring. Gardens embrace the Amstrong-Lockett House.
2728 Kingston Pike
865-637-3163
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