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 Bicentennial Mall, making it a destination for generations to come. The facility improves the visitor experience and engages the public in the history and significance of the State of Tennessee through collections, exhibitions, programs, and events. Priceless collections from Tennessee’s history are displayed in flexible exhibit spaces and offer opportunities for learning through programming, lectures, symposia, and interactive learning spaces available to teachers, students, and the general public. 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 consists of two floors of gallery and other programmed spaces for a total of 140,000 SF. The project also includes outdoor sculpture gardens, a water feature promenade, and an event lawn space that serves the outdoor functions of the museum. Additionally, the museum shares a 150-space parking lot that also serves the adjoining Farmers Market. The new museum opened in October of 2018.


State of Tennessee - STREAM


Nashville, Tennessee


140,000 SF


2021 Merit Award, AIA Middle Tennessee

High Performance Building Requirements (HPBr)

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)


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