About Us



The Muse Knoxville history is richly steeped in community efforts to create important educational opportunities for children and the adults that love them.

1960   Student's Museum, Inc. chartered by Knoxville Junior Academy of Science and the Akima Club at the American Legion Building, 704 State Street.

The Student's Museum was built to house scientific exhibits geared to a youngster's mind, to make them more aware of their surroundings and more appreciative of adult museums.

1969  Student's Museum officially granted 501(c)3 non-profit status.  

1974   New Student's Museum opens adjascent to Knoxville Zoological Park at the current Beaman Street location.  The new space included exhibition space, TV production facilities, offices, a student work area and a new two-story Planetarium.  

The Planetarium was built in large part with a donation from the Akima Club.   

1987    Student's Museum changes to East Tennessee Discovery Center

1998   KAMA and ETDC open KAMA Health Discovery Center

2007    KAMA Health Discovery Center Closes

2011    The MUSE of Knoxville chartered

2013    The MUSE of Knoxville and East Tennessee Discovery Center vote to merge non-profit organizations.

The Muse Knoxville becomes the name of the newly merged organization with a mission to inspire and empower generations at the intersection of science and art.  Efforts begin to update the museum spaces and add outdoor play spaces.

2014   On November 14th, The Muse Knoxville, in partnership with BCBS of TN Health Foundation, the City of Knoxville and KaBOOM! open a new outdoor playground within Chilhowee Park.

2016   Two new exhibit galleries open called LIVE SMART: Stay Well! and STEM Station with support of both public and private funding.

2018  One new and one rennovated exhibit galleries open called A-Mazing Airways and MakeSpace with support of both public and private funding.
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