7421 Bonny Oaks Dr.
Chattanooga, TN 37421-1084
Phone: (423) 499-9550
Fax: (423) 499-8715
Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
This downtown museum features a collection of 247 artifacts from the personal collection of Mose and Garrison Siskin. The Siskins founded a physical rehabilitation hospital, preschool and steel company here in Chattanooga. Among the artifacts are Christian and Judaic pieces from the 16th to 20th centuries, made of stone, wood, fine art, ivory, porcelain and silver. In addition to western religions, Buddhism, Hindu and Confucianism are also represented. Admission is free.
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.
As the name suggests, Pearl's Folk Art Gallery is all about creative jewelry, pottery and exceptional folk craft. Here you will find unique clay vessels, wooden bowls and sculptures. Moreover, the walls here are festooned with inspiring paintings and drawings; so if you're inclined towards art, this place is sure to interest you. And even if you're not, visit this colorful gallery and you'll be delighted.
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.
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.
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").
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.
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.
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.