Tennessee State Museum

EOA Architects paired with museum designer HGA to create an inspirational and distinctive state-of-the-art cultural facility in Nashville, Tennessee. The new Tennessee State Museum illuminates the rich and diverse history of the citizens of Tennessee and enlivens Nashville’s existing Bicentennial Mall, making it a destination for generations to come.

From the perspective of our client, the museum had to serve as a landmark facility for the State. The intent of the new facility was to improve the visitor experience and engage the public in the history and significance of the State of Tennessee through the exhibit of its broad collections, visiting exhibitions, children and adult programs, and a variety of events.

The design intent and use of building materials speak to a timeless quality. The exterior materials are composed of limestone , bronze and glass that will age beautifully. Those materials, along with white oak paneling are carried through the interior spaces to bring a sense of warmth and integrity. Strict adherence to the highest quality standards for museum facilities allows the institution to borrow and display a range of works from other international institutions. The building is composed of two floors of gallery and other programmed spaces for a total of 140,000 square feet. The project also includes outdoor sculpture gardens, a water feature promenade, and an event lawn space.


State of Tennessee - STREAM


Nashville, Tennessee


140,000 SF


2021 Merit Award, AIA Middle Tennessee

2020 Excellence in Development, ULI Nashville

2020 ASHRAE Technology Award Winner, First Place

2020 IALD Award of Excellence

Published in ArchDaily (US, China and Espanol)

High Performance Building Requirements (HPBr)


Corey Gaffer, Gaffer Photography
Aerial Innovations of TN (Aerial Photography)
Seth Parker, Parker Studios