Beck Cultural Exchange Center Knoxville, Tennessee
Beck Cultural Exchange CenterKnoxville, Tennessee


In addition to Beck Permanent Exhibits are Beck Feature Exhibits. The Feature Exhibits are rotating exhibits. While our Permanent Exhibits can be viewed year-round, Feature Exhibits rotate ongoing.  The exhaustive collections that Beck has and continues to amass allow the museum to rotate exhibits on a continual basis without end. Unlike our Permanent Exhibits our Feature Exhibits remain on display for a limited time.  Exhibits are refreshed and kept current so do not miss an opportunity to see these wonderful Collections only available at Beck.

Two must see Feature Exhibits are “The Lives and Times of James and Ethel Beck” featured in the Great Hall and “The Wheels For Work, Play and Travel” on display in the Gallery and are highlighted below.

Upcoming, additional Feature Exhibits will include: “Music in the Air” featuring local black bands, orchestras and choirs; “Athletic Pros” featuring local athletes who have gone on to play professional sports. And yet, another Feature Exhibit will focus on black citizens who served locally in the service industry and social and civic clubs, dating back to the early 1900s. 

Again, you simply do not want to miss out on any of our Feature Exhibits as they will only be on display for a limited time. Beck has a regular cycle of changing exhibits. We invite you to come visit us and experience all that the Museum has to offer. We look forward to seeing you soon, again, and again.

The Lives & Times of James & Ethel Beck

"The Lives and Times of  James and Ethel Beck" Exhibit include extraordinary photographs of the Becks and their friends as well as photographs of cars and real estate that they acquired.  Also, included in the collection is a picture of the Becks visiting at the home of their friend Dr. W.E.B DuBois in 1939.

James and Ethel Beck were two of the most glamorous and influential members of the black community in Knoxville during the period of the 1920s-1960s and were the last people to live in the Beck mansion.  They invested their money wisely and they had a fortune in real estate by the time they died.  The Money they left with friends to, “do something in their memory” was used to establish the Beck Museum.

Wheels For Work, Play, And Travel

The Wheels Exhibit showcases the many different ways that black people got around Knoxville from day one. This Exhibit also includes a photo of Dr. William Wallace Derrick, the first black person to own an automobile here in Knoxville in 1896.  Preserved and digitally reproduced, photos include people in mule drawn wagons, horse drawn buggies, fire engines, florist wagons and the postman’s postage wagon.  This Feature Exhibit depicts anything with a wheel to say this is how people got around for work, play and chattel in times past.

This is a must see Feature Exhibit.


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1927 Dandridge Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915



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Closed Due To COVID-19.

We Will Monitor Status & Update Re-Opening Schedule as Information is Available.



November 26, 27 & 28, 2020 


December 24,2019 Thru

January 1, 2021

Our museum is open during the following hours:

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00AM - 6:00PM


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