Our Day at MTSU’s National History Museum
If there’s one thing all kids and some “adults” seem to love, it is dinosaurs. Imagine our surprise when
we discovered that Tennessee actually boasted of its very own National History Museum and to top it
off, it was not in the city’s capital of Nashville but Murfreesboro. The museum is located in a quiet
warehouse district on 816 Old Salem Road.
Worried about getting lost on your way there? Well, no need to worry as the route was pretty
straightforward with the help of Google Maps. Also, the sign in front of the building makes it easy to
locate the warehouse.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect on our way up to the museum as no windows were revealing the
insides. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we got in. The first thing we saw was a clean and
well-organized lobby and a gift shop within it.
A lady at the counter pleasantly answered the questions we had about the museum, and before we
could start our tour, we paid an admission fee of $7 each. The director of the museum Alan Brown led
our private tour in which he shared most of his personal knowledge about fossil digs he had been on. He
also explained the nature of some of the fossils displayed in the museum some of which he helped
Apart from the talk of fossils, one highlight of the trip was seeing the room dedicated to gems and
minerals. Many of the gems and minerals were said to have been discovered right here in Tennessee, so
guess who is going to be digging in their backyard for precious stones… There was also an area set aside
to showcase how certain rocks reacted to different types of light.
Within the same gem room, there was a projector displaying an interactive video of water flow down a
hillside during a rainstorm. The interactive video also showcased how rivers and lakes are formed. A
sandbox was also on the ground for kids to play with while the projector responded in real time.
Unlike other museums, the MTSU also has a Paleontology lab which guests can view. The lab showcases
projects currently in progress such as fossils being cleaned, pouring of casts and making of molds. If you
are a budding paleontologist or have a kid hoping to pursue that as a career then this is one place you
need to visit.
Another thing to watch out for in the museum is the hangout room for the kids. If your kids need a
break, you can take them here for a little fun. The room has books, chairs, TV set, and dinosaur toys.
Rounding up our lovely tour of the museum, was the view of a full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex. At 38ft long,
the T-Rex was almost as tall as the ceiling. Even I was in awe at the size thinking these things actually
lived on earth before us. It was a great way to round up an already fantastic trip.