We're open and committed to our guests' safety.

In accordance with the Governor's recommendations outlined in the Tennessee Pledge, the President James K. Polk Home & Museum is reopening to the public on Tuesday, May 26, returning to regular operating hours. Some aspects of tour structure have been changed to ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and community.

What to Expect

  • Limited areas of the site remain closed at this time. Guides have adjusted their tours to ensure we still share our full story.
  • No more than 10 people will be allowed in a single building at one time. If you have a larger group, be prepared to split up.
  • High-touch surfaces will be disinfected after each group or every hour, whichever comes first.
  • The staff members who greet you at the Visitor Center will be wearing a mask. We request our guests do the same, although face coverings are not required.

Open Areas

  • First Floor of the Polk Home
  • Visitor Center
  • Museum Shop
  • Introductory Film
  • Gardens and Grounds
  • Kitchen Outbuilding
  • Temporary Exhibit "Audubon: Nature & Nation"

Closed Areas

  • Second Floor of Polk Home
  • Museum Room
We're confident that we can continue to share the site and its story with our guests in an engaging, meaningful, and most of all, safe manner. We're committed to your safety, and ask that all guests do their part to create a safe environment for everyone.

Make History. Stop the Spread.

  • Wash your hands and use sanitizing stations throughout the site.
  • Read all safety signs and follow instructions given by staff.
  • Maintain six feet or more between your party and other guests at all times.

If you answer "yes" to one or more of the following questions, do not visit the Museum at this time.

  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

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The Polk Home & Museum will temporarily close starting August 17 for HVAC upgrades. We anticipate the closure to last three weeks but will update as work progresses.