Although the history of Tennessee is the focus at the Tennessee State Museum, the mummy steals the show. A gift from a former newspaper editor who acquired it in 1859 in Egypt, the leathery but well-preserved corpse lies on display along with a mummified cat in a glass box surrounded by pictures of famous Tennesseans. It's been fascinating the young and old alike since it went on display in 1937. Other exhibits tell the story of Tennessee from prehistoric to modern times. Civil War buffs will appreciate the large number of relics on display, while art lovers may prefer the portrait and landscape painting gallery. The collection of more than 300 quilts, some of them dating to the 18th century, is among the largest of its kind. The museum takes up three floors below the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.