When is the Reece open?

The Reece Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Thursdays from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Admission is free and parking passes are available for weekday visitors.  Group tours are also available.

Where is the Reece located?

The Reece is located on the corner of Stout and Gilbreath Drive on the campus of East Tennessee State University.

Where can I park?

There are three parking spaces directly in front of the Reece Museum. Ask for a parking permit at the museum front desk. Vehicles parked in these spaces without a permit will be cited for a reserved space violation.

How should I dress?

Please wear comfortable cloths when visiting the Reece Museum. Please do not think you have to dress up.

May I bring my children?

Of course! We are here for visitors of all ages. We even have a special area in the Museum called the “Kid’s Corners.”

May I take a stroller into the Museum?

Yes, you may. Please note, neither food nor drink is allowed in the galleries, so things like cookies, crackers, bottles, and sippy cups must be concealed. If they are seen in the galleries, staff will approach and ask that they be removed from the galleries. You may, of course, leave the galleries to offer snacks and return at your leisure.

May I take pictures in the Museum?

Like most museums, we are unable to allow photography inside the galleries since institutions and lenders who send the exhibitions to us prohibit photos, and we must abide by their wishes. You are, however, free to take pictures outside the building and on campus.

If you bring a camera into the Museum, staff will ask you to conceal it.

Why can’t I touch the art or artifacts?

Art and artifacts can be quiet fragile, and we want to do everything in our power to protect these objects that have been entrusted to us. The oils on your hands and light can be tremendously harmful to delicate works of art. When you are viewing objects on display we ask that you stand about an arm’s distance from them.

What happens if I get too close to the art or artifacts?

If someone gets too close to an object, a staff member will approach and request that the person step back a bit. If a staff person approaches you please do not think it is personal! It is not at all. It is our responsibility to make certain the works entrusted to us are kept safe, and we ask and appreciate your help in taking care of our objects.

Why can’t I take my drink or food into the galleries?

Like most museums, we are not able to allow food or drink inside the galleries. You can imagine what might happen if someone sipping a soda is bumped and the drink spills on the artifacts. Also, because the owners and lenders prohibit food and drink in the galleries, so this is another condition of being able to show some of the artifacts.

Why must I leave my backpack and large bags at the front desk?

Large bags can pose a security threat to objects, so we ask that large bags be placed behind our front desk. It is easy to forget you have a backpack on and there have instances in other museums when sculpture has been damaged by a backpack.

How do I become a member of the Reece?

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There are accessible parking spaces on the campus of East Tennessee State University. A ramp entry is available at the Museum’s front entrance.

We have a limited number of wheelchairs on site available at no charge. Please ask for a wheelchair at the front desk.

For special assistance for those with disabilities, contact the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392.

How can I have my art or collection exhibited at the Reece?

The Reece Museum is honored to host regional artist exhibitions. Our galleries tend to be booked approximately two years in advance, and the Exhibitions Committee entertains proposals throughout the year for exhibitions. Review the Reece Museum Exhibition Policy and Procedures and send proposals to:

Reece Museum

Box 70660

Johnson City, TN 37514

Due to the volume of proposals submitted, patience is requested.

How do I donate an artifact or work of art to the Reece?

Link to other page

Can the Museum identify art/artifacts and tell me what they are worth?

We are not able to perform appraisals of artwork or artifacts, nor are we able to authenticate items. The best thing to do is to find a licensed appraiser. There are websites that may be of assistance:





You might also want to contact auction houses like Christie’s, Sotheby’s or Bonhams & Butterfields.

How do I get art/artifacts cleaned or repaired?

You should speak with a conservator. While we are not able to recommend or endorse individual conservators, there are online resources you can consult as a start. The University of Delaware has an excellent list of online resources that cover many areas of conservation, including associations and organizations. Access the site at www.lib.udel.edu 

Every summer the Reece Museum offers workshops on topics like:

  • Scrapbooking
  • Family Collections,
  • Storing and Preserving Textiles,
  • Collections Care,
  • and Exhibit Planning.

If you are interested in such workshops please contact us for next available dates.