Welcome to the Polk Home & Museum

Site Features

Main House

See original possessions of President and Mrs. Polk including furniture, paintings, and White House china.

The only surviving residence of James K. Polk other than the White House, this painted brick structure is one of the best examples of Federal-style architecture in Tennessee. Samuel Polk, a prosperous farmer and surveyor, built the house in 1816 while his oldest son James was attending the University of North Carolina. When the future President graduated in 1818, he returned to Tennessee and stayed here with his parents until his marriage to Sarah Childress in 1824. While living in his family’s Columbia home, James practiced law and began his political career by successfully running for the state legislature.

Sisters’ House

Start your experience in our Visitors Center, the former home of James K. Polk’s sisters.

In our Visitor Center, lovingly called “The Sisters’ House,” you’ll find everything you need to start exploring the site. A friendly face will greet you at the front desk where you can purchase tickets, find a souvenir in the Museum Shop, watch an introductory film, and explore some of our world-class presidential collection in the Museum Room. Visitor restrooms are located here.

Museum Room

Walk chronologically through James K. Polk’s life, from his sickly childhood on the frontier through his remarkably accomplished single term as President and tragic death. This permanent exhibition in the Visitor Center highlights key objects from our presidential collection.

The Gardens

Stroll among original objects from James K. Polk’s home in Nashville.

Within the walls of the Polk Home grounds, you’ll find a a revival-style boxwood garden featuring ironwork and a fountain from the Polks’ downtown Nashville mansion.

Polk Presidential Hall

New temporary exhibition schedule coming soon!

Our exhibition facility hosts rotating, curated collections of artifacts and artwork relating to the U.S. Presidency and American society and culture during James K. Polk’s lifetime. Originally constructed as a church, this 1882 building underwent a multi-year restoration to preserve the historic exterior and renovate the interior as a state-of-the-art museum gallery.

James K. Polk Museum Steeple

The Kitchen

Get a taste of everyday life in the Polk era.

The Polk Home’s detached kitchen building was reconstructed in the 1930s and 40s on its original foundation. Experience life and labor in the early 1800s where an enslaved cook prepared food and did other household chores for the Polk family. Hearth cooking demonstrations are available on special occasions.

Upcoming Exhibits
Featured Field Trip

Audubon: Nature and Nation

Take advantage of special student tours designed around our featured exhibition!

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