1507 N Tibbs Rd
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706) 226-9579
Fax: (706) 277-0859
Arts & Museums
This museum is housed in a circa 1840 house, the oldest home in Dalton, and features many rooms of interest to the historian and antiques buff. Exhibits on Dalton's textile industry, chenille-tufting, Native American history, Civil War artifacts, and Georgia poet Robert Loveman are featured throughout this museum.
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.
Home of the Calhoun Gordon Arts Council, this arts center is also home of the Roland Hayes Music Guild, an art gallery featuring works by local artists, the Milton M. Ratner Performing Arts Theater, the Calhoun Little Theatre, the Community Adult Chorus, and the Community Youth Chorus.
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.
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.
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.
A perfect starting point for your tour of the area's Civil War battle sites, this spectacular three-dimensional electronic battle map presentation of Chattanooga's Civil War history features 5,000 miniature soldiers, 650 lights, sound effects and exceptional details of the major battles which were fought here in November of 1863. You can also see an excellent relic and weapon collection and peruse the bookstore for well known works about the Civil War while at this museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.