A couple of life-sized history lessons are docked at Volunteer Landing.

On Thursday, replicas of the Pinta and the Nina, two of the ships commanded by Christopher Columbus when he sailed to America in 1492, sailed up the Tennessee River.

The ships docked near Calhoun's on the River in downtown Knoxville and are open to the public for tours. The sailing museums educate the public about the "caravel" ship and how it was used by many early explorers to discover the world.

The ships will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. until they set sail once again early on November 2.

The tour is self-guided and costs $8.00 for adults, $ 7.00 for seniors, and $6.00 for students 5 - 16. Children 4 and under are free,

Teachers or groups who want to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email columfnd1492@gmail.com .

Get more information here: www.ninapinta.org.