3641 Cummings Hwy
Chattanooga, TN 37419
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Arts & Museums
During the United States Civil War, the Confederate armies of Chattanooga used the East Brow of Lookout Mountain as their lookout point. The panoramic view of the valley gave the Confederates an advantage over any approaching Union Army. However, during the bloody battle for Chattanooga, the northern troops waited for the clouds to fall upon the point and advanced under the cloud cover. Before the Southern troops knew what was happening, their fate was sealed. This park and museum commemorates this struggle for visual superiority. The Confederates were defeated and the post captured, but it was a valiant battle now known as the Battle Above the Clouds.
Visitors to the Scenic City are often surprised by the rich history of Civil War battles fought in Chattanooga. This museum allows you to "watch" the battles unfold on an enormous electric map. All the battlefields are drawn and the armies arranged for battle. Their movements are portrayed with a brilliant collection of sound and lighting effects. Elsewhere in the museum is a collection of artifacts from the period including uniforms and personal effects of the soldiers. The museum is closed on Christmas. See website for more information.
No, it's not a joke. This really is a museum of tow trucks and a whole lot more. In 1916, Chattanoogan Ernest Holmes sold the first tow truck for commercial use. In fact, the entire towing industry began in the Scenic City. A very interesting array of tow trucks from the 20th-century fill this museum. Exhibits that chronicle the history of the industry are part of the tour. See website for further information.
Gallery 1401 is an art gallery located in Warehouse Row in Chattanooga's Southside that specializes in fine art pieces. The works of over 40 artists, both local and international, is represented at the gallery in mediums ranging from oil paints to photography to sculpture. The gallery also offers its help in framing, placement and hanging.
From the prehistoric creatures that roamed the hills to the success of the Tennessee Aquarium, it is all chronicled here. The museum is a part of history itself, housed in a school building circa 1910. The stories of the people and the land in and around the Chattanooga Valley is told through many exhibits including the award winning interactive exhibit, "Chattanooga Country: It's Land, Rivers and People." Business and tourism have earned a spot in the museum with numerous exhibits concerning the rise and fall of local business leaders and their visions. Trace the history of popular tourist attractions like Rock City and Ruby Falls.
Discover the contributions made to the Chattanooga area and the nation by African-Americans through pottery, sculpture and other artistic expression. This museum offers a look into the diverse African-American history through artifacts, letters, and photographs. From the music of Bessie Smith to the civil rights work of Martin Luther King Jr., you will find the rich and proud heritage of the African-American community in Chattanooga.
This interactive museum of science and technology provides a hands-on learning environment for children of all ages. The Artist's Studio challenges kids to become more artistic, while the Musician's Workshop builds a love for music. Throughout the year, ever-changing displays and exhibits help develop interest and skill in scientific invention and exploration.
A perfect blend of the old and new, this museum, housed in a renovated antebellum mansion and surrounded by modern abstract sculpture, is a study in comparison and contrast. The museum is devoted to the American masters, ranging from the Colonial era to the modern day. The museum has hosted exhibits that vary from Norman Rockwell to Andy Warhol and American Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. With such programs as Toddler Tuesdays, Kinder Adventures, ArtCamp, ArtScene, the lecture series Art After Work and the Docent Program, this museum strives to make art accessible to all ages and walks of life.
A lovely jewel tastefully displayed in the heart of the Bluff View Arts District, this destination is well worth discovering. Considered to be quite a significant collection of antique collectible glass works, furniture, music boxes, coverlets, china and other items of the 1700s and 1800s, this beautiful collection has been hailed by national authorities as one of the greatest in the world. Featuring such universally known names as Steuben and Tiffany, the collection is amazing. Yet only so amazing when compared to the collector who amassed the artwork throughout her colorful life, Anna Safley Houston (a.k.a. "Antique Annie").
Whether a discriminating collector or a weekend browser waiting on a dining reservation at one of the Bluff View restaurants, everyone finds this gallery an enchanting discovery. Highlighting works by various local, national and international artisans, the gallery is a rich cacophony of bronze sculptures, majestic paintings, beautiful jewelry, intricate glasswork and countless other artistic media. Watch artists demonstrate their crafts or take a walk down to the River Gallery's sculpture garden, overlooking the Tennessee River, to view the permanent collection and sculpture available for purchase.
Since 1974, this cooperative gallery has been featuring fine art pieces from local artists to the people of Chattanooga. Over 30 artists provide pieces in a wide range of styles and mediums, from acrylics to pen and ink, wood arts, metal sculpture and much more. Stop in to In-Town Gallery and see what treasures are waiting for you.
The Fine Arts department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is doing much to add to the local arts community. Artists from around the nation have presented their work here at the Roland Hayes Center, and many more have requested to hold shows in the near future. Regular programs, such as changing art exhibits and musical performances, run throughout the year, as well as theater productions and children's workshops. Call to learn what is on show during your visit to Chattanooga. Free admission.