New Museum for Nashville? Maybe! | Nashville News

    The state of Tennessee is looking to convert the old Tennessee State Prison into a new Nashville museum.

    The prison, which was built in 1898, was recently named one of Historic Nashville Inc.’s list of endangered historic buildings. The state signed off on an $800,000 expenditure last fall to study the different possibilities of the property. Current possibilities include renovating the building into all office space, renovating the building into half office space and half museum and renovating the building into all museum.

    The building’s castle-like structure has been the perfect setting for several movies, including The Green Mile and The Last Castle, since its closure in 1992. The old prison is already a must see for history buffs and ghost hunters alike. The prison has even been named one of the “12 Creepiest Abandoned Prisons on Earth.”

    Since its closure, very little money has been spent on the building’s upkeep, and it has been deteriorating quickly. Many people have signed an online petition to “Save the Prison” and help turn it into a tourist attraction.

    Many other high profile prisons have been turned into museums and tourist come year round for the adventure.

    Photo Credits: http://www.photoree.com/photos/permalink/2833732-8928507@N02

    http://nashvillest.com/2008/05/20/photo-of-the-day-tennessee-state-prison/

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