Museum of Scott County, America’s only student-built and operated museum, will now be open noon to 5 p.m. EST Saturdays throughout October.
The three-acre museum complex, behind Scott County High School, includes the Museum of Scott County, the U.S.S. Tennessee Museum, the Children’s Learning Lodge, the Howard Baker Law Museum and a heritage village with live animals. Every aspect of this museum has been assembled and maintained by the school’s students.
The main museum showcases the culture and heritage of Scott County with a pioneer playroom, artifacts from the Prehistoric Era uncovered by the school’s anthropology students and more.
Next door, the U.S.S. Tennessee Museum honors the veterans of this battleship with the largest collection of artifacts. The U.S.S. Tennessee was commissioned in 1920 and was damaged during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Howard Baker Law Museum is the first permanent tribute erected in Scott County to the county’s Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. Inside is a replica of the early 1900s law office of J. F. Baker.
The Children’s Learning Lodge, which is geared for children ages 4-15, emphasizes interactive hands-on learning. Children will explore how electricity works, pulleys and fulcrums, biological sciences, and environmental science. It contains a doctor’s office, a grocery store, a crime lab and more.
For more information, visit http://museum.scottcounty.net.