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American Civil War history Museum with a canon near Olympus Hillwood Apartments in Murfreesboro, Tennessee



Earth Experience - Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History

Located in the geographic heart of prehistoric Tennessee, Earth Experience – The Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History invites guests to get hands-on and experience the history of the state. Displaying international and local archeological finds and fossils, Earth Experience is every kid’s (and adult’s) dream come true. It’s the first natural history museum in middle Tennessee and offers an interactive, dynamic experience for visitors. From fossils and gems to dinosaur bones and archaeological relics, you’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the natural history of this area.

Oaklands Mansion

The Oaklands Mansion is a former plantation house that once served both Confederate and Union soldiers. The restored historical site offers tours and activities, with a beautiful arboretum and gardens to peruse. Self-guided tours make viewing this historical property easy. Get an up-close and personal view of pieces original to the home and family that once lived there, and learn about the home’s detailed history.

Stones River National Battlefield

This historic 570-acre park and cemetery marks the location where over 6,000 Union soldiers are buried, with marked trails along the Civil War battlefield. The site of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War in 1862, the Stones River National Battlefield forever changed the people who lived and fought here. Take a guided tour or watch a Civil War demonstration. You’ll leave feeling enlightened by the area’s rich history, and grateful to those who served.

The Discovery Center

This one’s for the kids and it’s earned a spot on our list for a reason. The Discovery Center and Murfree Spring Wetland interactive kids’ museum features exhibits on science and culture, plus an array of outdoor programs and live animals to see. The beautiful facility is perfect for younger children up to 7 years old, and offers memberships for lower entry fees. With activities galore, the kids will not be disappointed

Cannonsburgh Village

Showcasing its regional history from the 1830s to the 1930s, Canonsburg Village is a reproduction pioneer village featuring a gristmill, schoolhouse, general store, and more. Self-guided and guided tours are available, and if you’re looking for a facility rental, you can do that too.

Now that you’ve got the five best museums and historical sites to visit in Murfreesboro, it’s time to get exploring. What sites will you take in first? For more fun recreation and entertainment ideas in and around Murfreesboro, check out the Olympus Hillwood blog.