- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The new Tennessee State Museum is scheduled to open its doors to the public in the fall of 2018.

Officials say construction on the building located north of the state Capitol in Nashville should be finished by June of that year but that exhibits will need to be installed and prepared before it can open.

The $160 million facility will share a parking lot with the city’s farmer’s market, which will also serve as the food court for museum visitors.

Architects have been commissioned to conduct a study on the cost of adding Nashville artist Red Grooms’ Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel to the grounds. The merry-go-round that once stood in downtown Nashville features 36 rideable sculptures and 28 painted panels featuring the likenesses of prominent Tennesseans, animals and state symbols.

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