This week has been dubbed the inaugural  #MuseumWeek, the first worldwide cultural event on Twitter!

Museums in countries across the world are participating in this Twitter adventure, publicizing the people, cultures, and antiquities that their organization represents.

Each day signifies a different theme:

  • Monday:  #secretsMW
  • Tuesday: #peopleMW
  • Wednesday: #architectureMW
  • Thursday: #heritageMW
  • Friday: #futureMW
  • Saturday: #zoomMW
  • Sunday: #loveMW

You can view the info on each days theme here: #MuseumWeek Hastags

So, in honor of all the museums around the world, I thought I’d point out ten of my home-state’s!

As Tennessee is one of the most influential cultural hubs of the South, known for its flagrant food, mountainous terrain, and slew of music legends that have trolled through its cities, these ten are only a fraction of the richly historical museums in this state.

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  • The Tennessee State Museum
    • The Tennessee State Museum focuses on depicting the history of the state of TN.
  • American Museum of Science and Energy
    • A teaching museum, the ASME educated both children and adults about energy and documents the role Oak Ridge played in the Manhattan Project.
  • The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum
    • Exhibits items such as President Lincoln’s cane from the night he was killed to a collection of over 30,000 books.
  • The Memphis Rock n Soul Museum
    • This museum is dedicated to the music of the South and is located on the historic Beale Street.
  • First Center for the Visual Arts
    • This museum is known for its eclectic building, moving visuals inside, and wonderful educational programs.
  • The Titanic Museum
    • This is one of two Titanic-themed museums in the country.
  • STAX Museum of American Soul Music
    • This museum marks the former location of internationally acclaimed Stax Records. It is operated by Soulsville USA.
  • The Parthenon
    • The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
  • The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center
    • The Customs House is Tennessee’s second largest general interest museum, featuring fine art, history, and children’s exhibits.
  • The National Civil Rights Museum
    • Nationally known as the site where the revered Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, this museum traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the 17th century to the present.

There are plenty of other amazing museums in TN, in Memphis alone there’s the home of recording legends like  Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis in Sun Studio and Elvis in Graceland. I suggest you all take time to visit as many museums as you can across the U.S., as there’s nothing better than taking time out of your day or vacation to learn more about the city and history of the place you’re visiting.

So join me in embracing this week as #MuseumWeek2016!