Museums & Galleries
Chattanooga Area Attractions, Museums and Art Galleries
Art lovers are in for a treat when visiting Chattanooga; the city boasts a large number of impressive art galleries and museums. American Style magazine named Chattanooga the fourth best mid-size city in the country for art destinations. To learn more, contact us at 423-424-3745 or click here to email us.
Bluff View Art District
Bluff View Art District
Bluff View Art District is a charming, historic area of galleries, restaurants, gardens, plazas, and courtyards. Chattanooga's first art district, Bluff View, is set high atop stone cliffs that plunge into the Tennessee River below, and offers breathtaking views of the Tennessee River, downtown Chattanooga, and the Walnut Street Bridge.
Creative Discovery Museum is one of the premier hands-on children's museums in the region, offering a wide variety of interactive gallery exhibits for children ranging in age from toddlers to 10 year-olds. Permanent and temporary exhibits provide extraordinary opportunities for children and families to gain exposure to the arts and sciences.
Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. Its collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a diverse range of styles and periods. Art lovers will also appreciate the outdoor sculpture park and studio classes where visitors can create their own art.
The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts features one of the world's finest collections of antique glass and ceramics, as well as impressive antique furniture, music boxes, coverlets and other rare pieces from the collection of the late Anna Safley Houston. Guided tours of its permanent displays of the rarest pieces from Mrs. Houston’s collections and changing exhibits are offered.
A unique museum dedicated to preserving the history of the towing and recovery industry, honoring its champions, and remembering those who died in the line of duty. Antique wreckers and equipment, collectible toys, tools, and pictorial equipment are on display with an everchanging collection of tow trucks that dates from the earliest days of the automobile.
Located in a beautiful turn-of-the-century home in the Bluff View Art District, River Gallery houses an extensive collection of regional, national, and international fine art and crafts, including paintings, sculptures, and studio art glass. The gallery features nationally recognized artists and local working artists who offer classes or demonstrations for the public.
The National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History salutes veterans and informs the public about the stories of many of our nation’s heroes. The museum’s exhibits provide a timeline of American history starting with the Revolutionary War and proceeding through the War on Terror.