Tennessee State Museum

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Turner provided preconstruction and construction management services for the $94-million, 141,000-square foot state history museum. The facility provides the State of Tennessee with a freestanding, contemporary space built to last several lifetimes. The building reflects classical architectural design and features modern and progressive exhibit, community, and event space. The interior and exterior are composed of 100-year building materials including limestone, granite, marble, bronze, limestone pillars, and white oak millwork throughout. High glass walls are a prominent characteristic of the building.

The museum includes a 250-seat digital learning center, a children's educational suite, and a grand entrance hall that can also serve as an event space. The second floor houses the majority of the museum's collections, which range in subject matter from a set of mastodon bones to Civil War battle flags. As it is designed, museum-goers are able to move from the geological formation of the area thousands of years ago, to the first contact between indigenous Americans and Europeans, up to the present day.

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