185 James Asbury Drive NW
Cleveland, TN 37312
Phone: (423) 559-1001
Fax: (423) 472-7099
Arts & Museums
An educational museum from Ocoee-region history dating from prehistory to today features seven different time periods. The museum includes a gift shop, cultural center, and education center
This old courthouse has been restored to its 1925 appearance with original furniture from the famous Scopes trial which took place here. The museum offers many photos and clippings about the trial.
The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a non-profit organization that came into being with the goal of bringing back the steam engines and locomotives which have become a thing of the past. Today everyone can actually experience the nostalgic feeling by walking past the working repair shops. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is a great venue for holding a birthday party or picnics for your kid. It offers great variety like the Christmas Special, the Autumn Leaf Special, the Valentine Dinner Train and the Halloween Eerie Express. Also, it has been one of the prime locations for shooting movies, including October Sky, Heaven's Sky and Fool's Parade.
In the United States, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the military is the Medal of Honor. It is often presented to the family of the one who gave his life in battle. This museum honors the recipients of this prestigious medal, including those who are buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. In addition, exhibits chronicle the history of the award and lives of those who have received it. The museum is located inside the Northgate Mall, and admission is free.
Thirty permanent exhibit areas trace the early history and depict life of the Cherokee Indians and early pioneer settlers through 1940. Extraordinary glassware and quilting exhibits are also featured here.
Dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Globe/Temco Swift and related historical memorabilia, The Swift Museum Foundation also hosts the National Swift Fly-In at Athens, TN.
This may be the oddest museum in town, but definitely worth a visit. If you enjoy medieval myths and legends or collect dragons of any sort, you must stop by this museum and gift store. Thousands of dragons from medieval to oriental designs are represented in this collection; others available for purchase. In addition to the fire-breathing creatures, the gift shop carries costume jewelry, art prints, T-shirts, figurines and pewter collectibles.
For nearly 15 years, residents of Chattanooga and beyond have enjoyed fine art collections by regional and national artists at this simple gallery. Beautiful paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic grace the walls of this locally favored exhibition space. Tennessee artist Hayden Cross has a prominent space here, as do other area legends. Single artist shows and group exhibits take place throughout the year. The gallery affords patrons of the arts a comfortable and relaxed space in which to view beautiful paintings and sculpture.