Tennessee State Capitol

America is such a large country that traveling to a different state can put you in a totally different environment. Different climate, different traditions, different politics a completely different feel from the state you live or have visited in the past. It’s important to remember that even though we are all Americans what part of the country we live in effects the type of person we are. We have found that a good way to learn about the state we are visiting is to tour their state capitol.

Outside State House with Statue

The capitol dome was being restored. Construction, construction everywhere!

The Tennessee State Capitol is one of the best preserved state capitols we have been to. It was completed in 1859 of local limestone and still stands an impressive structure at the end Capitol Mall State Park.

stairs and light

Love those beautiful chandeliers.

There are guided tours 6 times per day Mon – Fri but we arrived at lunch time so we grabbed one of their self-guided walking tour pamphlets and headed out on our own.

House Chambers

Tennessee House Chambers

We were able to walk throughout downstairs and upstairs admiring the artworks, the chandeliers and the beautiful frescos and elaborately painted ceilings. The level of freedom we were given to wander through the halls and chambers is rare in capitols that we have toured. It was refreshing and exciting to explore.

Senate Chambers

Senate Chambers

Both the House and the Senate were out of session so we were allowed to enter both of their chambers. Chance was mesmerized by the enormity of the rooms. It was fun to see all the little desks. We were able to get up close and touch the desks (we refrained from actually sitting down).

Senate Seat

Senate desk

Anywhere that get’s our son interested in history and how government works is A-Okay in our book. The impressive building and ability to explore at our own pace gives (which we totally recommend) puts the Tennessee State Capitol at the top of the list of capitols we have toured.

This library doesn’t hurt either ↓

Library at State House

Love this library!


  • 600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37243
  • FREE
  • Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm
  • Guided Tours at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

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