Construction underway on new Tennessee State Museum

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Since 1981, the Tennessee State Museum has been housed in the James K. Polk building in downtown Nashville.

But now a brand new building is under construction at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. It’s expected to open in fall 2018.

From early settlers to the civil war, the Tennessee State Museum has taught adults as well as many school children about the Volunteer State’s history.

(Courtesy: Department of General Services)
(Courtesy: Department of General Services)

The building will be a two-story building costing a total of $160 million, $40 million of which will come from private donations.

And the entrance to the property will be designed to highlight even more Tennessee history.

“Bringing people in from the bicentennial mall, the farmer’s market, and the parking lot into the building. Why is it on that axis, you may ask? That is exactly looking back towards our state Capitol,” said architect Gary Everton.

Tennessee grey marble will be mixed in with the limestone exterior of the building. Crab orchard stone will accent some of the sidewalks and crab orchard blue stone will be used in many of the fountains and water exhibits depicting Tennessee rivers and waterways.

Crews broke ground last April and contractors are now working on the foundation of the building. The work is currently on time and on budget.

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