KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Take a step back in time at the East Tennessee History Center as you explore the region’s rich history.

The East Tennessee History Center is the heart and home to the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Archives, the Museum of East Tennessee History and the East Tennessee Historical Society. It is located on historic Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

The history center has educational fun for the whole family, especially since the opening of History Headquarters. The interactive children’s room helps young visitors learn about East Tennessee history and historical figures with hands-on activities that range from coloring projects to puppet shows. School groups are welcome!

Admission to the museum is normally $10 per adult, $8 for seniors and free for those under 16 years old. However if you are waiting for the perfect moment to visit, your chance is right around the corner. On August 20, admission is free for the community during the History Hootenanny!

With live historical music being performed throughout the day, visitors can meet-and-greet an impressive variety of authors, take a ride on a shuttle tour of East Tennessee’s historic locales and more.

The museum is currently showcasing a temporary exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair. The museum’s permanent Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee explores three centuries of life in the region.

The East Tennessee History Center is a public/private partnership between the Knox County Public Library and the nonprofit East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum whose staff work to benefit the entire region.

A museum shop features a wide selection of books, crafts and history-related merchandise. You dont have to visit the museum to shop.

For more information check out the East Tennessee History Center.