Lebanon History Museum

There’s A Lot of History in Our Little City.

Lebanon History Museum

What better place to experience Lebanon’s past than in the Lebanon History Museum in the Historic Castle Heights Military Building.

The City of Lebanon was founded on a little spring affectionately called Sinking Springs in 1802. The formation of the town square began with a few cedar log buildings and from that auspicious beginning, a city rich with history was born. As the Square District developed, it was modeled after the Philadelphia Square Plan and is considered an excellent example of a commercial district from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Our Square is now listed in National Register of Historic Places as well as being in the City’s Square Historic District. 

The museum offers exhibits that cover a wide variety of real-life experiences from the people, the places, and the things that makes Lebanon what it is today. 


The Lebanon History Museum will be reopened to the public in April 2021 after 10 years of inactivity and we invite you to come and see our new updated exhibits! If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Vail at 615.444.3647 ext. 2320. The normal hours of operation will be from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Closed on all federal holidays.


The museum is located in Lebanon's City Hall, formerly the home of the stately Castle Heights Military Academy at 200 North Castle Heights Avenue. Currently, the museum doors are locked, please use the ramp entrance. Once you sign into our guest book located next to the Security Guard station, you will be directed to the museum entrance where you can enjoy a leisurely self-tour. If you have a group of 10 or more and want to schedule a guide, please call 615-444-3647 Extension 2320 and talk to Kathleen Vail.