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Opened in 1926, Blount Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, is Knoxville's oldest operating museum. Once a home to U. S. Constitution signer William Blount, much of the Tennessee Constitution was drafted there. The frame and clapboard house, with its shingled, gabled roof, would have been unusual when it was built in 1792. The mansion contains many period artifacts and furnishings, including some personal correspondence. Adjacent to the Mansion is another historic home—the Craighead-Jackson House, a three-story brick Federalist structure built around 1818. The buildings are surrounded by the only public garden in downtown Knoxville, its design based on styles prevalent in 18th century. Check the website for tour details.
Free admission for up to two (2) adults and four (4) children.
Please bring your printed or downloaded pass, and photo ID to redeem your pass.
Historic Ramsey House
The Ramsey House was built in 1797 for the family of Francis A. Ramsey, one of the first to settle Knoxville. The two-story structure, constructed of Tennessee pink marble and blue limestone, has been restored and furnished to the period of Ramsey's occupancy (1797-1820). The building is significant for its original interior and exterior architectural features, decorative art collection, and period furnishings. Exhibits in the Visitor's Center include a collection of handmade dolls in Ramsey period dress, farming utensils, and archaeological finds from the property. The site, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, consists of 101.5 acres. Visits are by tour. Check the website for details.
Admission for adult or child for a guided tour of the Historic Ramsey House on Thursdays. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per month.
Please bring the printed or downloaded pass to redeem your pass.
Westwood is the historic home, studio, and gallery of artist Adelia Armstrong Lutz. Visits are by tour of the Queen Anne style house, with its collection of work by local artists, frescoes by Lutz and a fellow artist, slag lamps, period furnishings and family memorabilia. Among the important architectural features is the artist's large studio with its fireplace, a cathedral ceiling and skylights in which the artist often hosted the Nicholson Art League as one of the founding members. Check the website for tour details.
One pass good for family of four (4) admission. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per month.
Please bring the printed pass to redeem your pass.
James White’s Fort
James White's Fort consists of restored buildings representing the first settlement of what later became Knoxville. The earliest permanent structure on the site was a two-story log cabin built in 1786 by James White, whose service in the Revolutionary War earned him the land grant of 1,000 acres on which it sat. Visitors will encounter the main house and kitchen, the dog trot, a well, an ash hopper, a smokehouse, the outhouse, a weaving house, the guest house, millstones for grinding, and a blacksmith shop that often hosts demonstrations by a local blacksmith. There is a gift shop on the premises.
Each pass is good for 1 adult and 1 child admission to the museum. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per week.
Passes are not good on any Fort special events, on UT Home Football Saturday, or if the Fort has a school, or private group. Other Restrictions May Apply.
Hours are 10a-4p for passes.
Please bring the printed pass to redeem your pass.
Mabry Hazen House
The Mabry-Hazen House Museum, located in an Italianate and Greek Revival-style home built in 1858 overlooking downtown Knoxville, the Tennessee River, and the Great Smoky Mountains, houses one of the largest original family collections in America—three generations—with over 2,000 original artifacts on display. Located just down the road, but connected to the museum, is Bethel Cemetery, the final resting place of approximately 1,600 Confederate soldiers—a small museum details the history of it as it pertains to the Civil War in Knoxville. Visits to the Mabry-Hazen House Museum are by tour. Consult the museum website for details.
This pass provides a guided tour for a family of 4 with the purchase of 1 adult ticket.
Pass is valid only for the date selected. Not valid for after-hours or special events. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per year. Please note: Mabry-Hazen House is closed for daily guided tours from December 15, 2021 until March 1, 2022.
Muse Knoxville is a museum for children of all ages, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Almost 4,000 sq. ft. of exhibit and play space—both outdoors and indoors—include Knoxville's only public access planetarium and areas dedicated to certain themes, such as “Make Space,” “Science Garden,” “STEM Station,” “Music Garden,” “A-Mazing Airways,” “LIVE SMART: Stay Well!,” “U.S.S. Muse,” and others, allowing for a wealth of hands-on experiences.
One child admission FREE with an adult general admission ticket purchase. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per month.
Please bring a printed or downloaded pass and a photo ID to redeem your pass.
Museum of Appalachia
Founded in 1969, the Museum of Appalachia looks at the history of the region through the portrayal of an authentic mountain farm and pioneer village, with historic log structures, exhibit buildings filled with authentic Appalachian artifacts, multiple gardens, and free-range farm animals. Their holdings of over 250,000 objects include folk art, musical instruments, baskets, quilts, and Native American artifacts, among other things. Buildings of note on the museum grounds include a log cabin believed to have belonged to the parents of author Mark Twain. There is a gift shop and a restaurant on the premises, the latter with a menu informed by the theme of the museum. Check their website for special events.
Free family admission (2 adults + immediate children) on Wednesdays.
Please bring the printed pass and photo ID to redeem your pass.
Museum of East Tennessee History
601 South Gay Street , Knoxville, TN 37902
Located in Knoxville, the Museum of East Tennessee History focuses on the history and culture of the 35 counties that make up the eastern part of the state. Its permanent collection contains more than 13,000 artifacts representing over three centuries of life in the region, presented in both permanent and changing exhibitions. The museum's collection is especially strong in three areas: decorative arts (notably furniture and paintings), textiles (especially quilts), and Civil War items—both from Union and Confederate armies—that make clear the “divided loyalties” so predominate in the region.
This pass will allow two free adult admissions Monday through Wednesday. Children 16 and younger are free. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per month.
Please bring a printed or downloaded pass to redeem your pass.
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the history of the sport as played by women. Located in a 35,000 square foot facility in Knoxville, TN, exhibits highlight exceptional players and is home to the world's largest basketball. Visitors may test their skills on three different courts, a dribbling course, and a passing skills area.
Free admission to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame during business hours. Self-guided tour, scavenger hunt and free play in our basketball area. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per month.
Please bring a printed or downloaded pass and your library card to redeem your pass.
Zoo Knoxville is home to about 800 animals in outdoor habitats and indoor exhibits, with a classic lineup that includes elephants, lions, giraffes, chimpanzees, zebras, tigers, gorillas, and bears, among other animals. On the zoo's 53 acres, visitors may encounter a multi-level tree house, a swinging suspension bridge, a train around the koi pond, and areas specially aimed at younger children, like the hands-on Clayton Family Kids Cove and the indoor Pilot Flying J Wee Play Adventure area that provides encounters with reptiles. There are restaurants and a gift shop on the premises.
Good for general daytime admission and free parking for 2 adults and up to 6 children to Zoo Knoxville. Pass is valid only for the date selected. Not valid for after-hours special events. Patrons may check this pass out up to two (2) times per year.
Please bring a printed or downloaded pass and a photo ID to redeem your pass. Contact the Library at 865-215-8700 with questions.