Art Walk in Knoxville, Knoxville

Art lovers will discover Knoxville full of creativity, with beautiful artwork on display at multiple galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. South Gay Street is home to several museums, art venues and shops specializing in local art. Take the following tour to explore Knoxville as eastern Tennessee’s cultural hub.
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Art Walk in Knoxville Map

Guide Name: Art Walk in Knoxville
Guide Location: USA » Knoxville (See other walking tours in Knoxville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: Sandra
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Emporium Center for Arts & Culture

1) Emporium Center for Arts & Culture

The Emporium Center for Arts & Culture was constructed in 1898, undergoing its most recent restoration in 2004. Located in downtown Knoxville on South Gay Street, a lively arts district, it houses the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. This 28,000 square foot venue houses two art galleries exhibiting local and regional art, about a dozen offices, ten artist studios and other facilities. The Balcony Gallery features the work of emerging and progressive artists that challenge the eyes of viewers.
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UT Downtown Ewing Gallery

2) UT Downtown Ewing Gallery

Located on South Gay Street, the UT Downtown Ewing Gallery, is a contemporary art gallery managed by Mike C. Berry. Its monthly rotating exhibitions features the work of students, faculty, regional and international artists, and touring collections. It is open Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
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Gallery 1010

3) Gallery 1010

Gallery 1010 exhibits the work of the students, graduates, faculty and staff of the UTK School of Art, as well as artists from other universities. Operated by students, its mission is to encourage the appreciation of visual art through pioneering contemporary work. It is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm.
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Art Market Gallery

4) Art Market Gallery

The Art Market Gallery is a stylish, sprawling space exhibiting over sixty regional artists, ranging from traditional to contemporary work. It is a great place to see high quality paintings, drawings, a variety of original crafts, sculptures, photographs, jewelry and clothing. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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Victorian Houses

5) Victorian Houses

This complex of Victorian Houses, located opposite the Candy Factory, were built in the early 20th century. Carefully restored for the 1982 World’s Fair, it is home to several curio shops, cafes, galleries of local art and antique stores. Visitors of all ages are sure to find something special here.
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Knoxville Museum of Art

6) Knoxville Museum of Art (must see)

World's Fair Park has accommodated the Knoxville Museum of Art since 1990. Initially established by Mary Katherine Dulin Folger as the Dulin Gallery of Art in 1961, the building was designed by notable architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. This concrete and Tennessee pink marble structure is named after Jim Clayton, the principal sponsor for this construction. Containing five galleries, the Sculpture Terrace, Great Hall, Museum Shop, two outdoor gardens and other facilities for art exhibitions, it is devoted to progressive regional and international art. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Friday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture

7) Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, established in 1981, was named after C. Kermit Ewing, who initiated the art studies program at the university. This 3,000 square foot exhibition space is devoted to contemporary art and architecture, including a wide range of photography and graphic art. Its collection includes nearly 3,000 works of art in a variety of mediums. This museum also hosts touring exhibitions. It is open Monday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Walking Tours in Knoxville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Knoxville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Knoxville is home to many historic and cultural attractions, places of interest including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, Gay Street, stunning skyscrapers, the Convention Center and more. Take the following tour to become better acquainted with the best sites Knoxville Downtown has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Knoxville's Coffee Shops

Knoxville's Coffee Shops

If you’re searching for relaxation and a cup of great coffee, Knoxville’s Old Town offers several coffee shops. You can enjoy not only coffee, but also baked goods and perhaps some good conversation. Take the following tour to visit some of Knoxville’s best coffee shops.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Places of Worship in Knoxville

Places of Worship in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to over 450 churches of many religious denominations. Situated at the core of the Bible Belt, many of them are Protestant. The following tour highlights the city’s most impressive religious sites, including Knoxville’s first churches and other historically significant ones.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Family Tour in Knoxville

Family Tour in Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville is the best place to take a lovely daytime stroll. The following tour of attractions includes children’s favorites the Candy Factory and Fort Kid and several other family-oriented landmarks and entertainment venues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Nightlife in Knoxville

Nightlife in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to many great bars and clubs to hang out, many of them concentrated in the Old Town district. Take the following tour to discover some of the most vibrant places in the city, including the Sapphire, Hanna's Café, Patrick Sullivan's, Preservation Pub and more.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Museums Walk in Knoxville

Museums Walk in Knoxville

Knoxville offers an amazing collection of fascinating museums that highlight the cultural development and history of the region, honoring local achievements in sports, civic development and the arts. Take the following tour to discover some of Knoxville’s best museums.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Knoxville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Knoxville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Knoxville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.