Artifacts and archives that teach about Tennessee courts

 

Located at the base of Capitol Hill, adjacent to the Tennessee State Capitol, the Tennessee Judiciary Museum is free and open to the public. Visitors can examine intriguing artifacts from the archival collections of the Supreme Court, view documents and photographs from the Tennessee State Library & Archives, and see objects on loan from the Tennessee State Museum and private and public lenders.  Of special interest is a multi-panel exhibit chronicling the design and construction of the historic 1937 Supreme Court building.  An interactive multi-media touch screen provides additional layers of visual and audio content for all of the exhibits.

The Tennessee Judiciary Museum opened on December 5, 2012, to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Tennessee Supreme Court building in which it is housed.  The museum, a non-profit and non-collecting institution, is operated by the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society. It relies on partners such as the Tennessee State Library & Archives, which houses and preserves an extensive collection of Tennessee Supreme Court records, and the Tennessee State Museum, whose encyclopedic permanent collection of objects pertaining to Tennessee history includes portraits and artifacts from the collection of the Tennessee Historical Society. 

Tennessee Judiciary Museum

Tennessee Supreme Court Building
401 Seventh Avenue North (corner of Charlotte Avenue)
Nashville, TN 37219-1407

  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to Noon
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 615-741-1314
  • Email: tours@tennesseejudiciarymuseum.org
  • Parking: The closest public parking garage is the Nashville Public Library on Church Street, with entrances on  6th and 7th Avenues.

Guided group tours available by prior appointment.

Oral arguments of all the appellate courts are open to the public with the scheduled times available at tncourts.gov.

The Tennessee Judiciary Museum is located on Capitol Hill in downtown Nashville, in a district that includes the Tennessee State Capitol, Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee State Library & Archives, War Memorial Auditorium, and Tennessee State Legislative Offices. The museum is within easy walking distance of downtown hotels, the Nashville Public Library, and the historic Ryman Auditorium.