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Arts & Museums
An initiative to preserve and promote the work of Howard Finster, the Paradise Gardens is a sort of museum. The place helps visitors revisit the time of Finster through his art of folk music. The venue also conducts a Finster Fest which is a folk art and music festival, to further Finster's contribution to art.
This Gadsden State Community College performing arts center is host to a variety of events and performances throughout the year. Having undergone a renovation in 2011, the facility features state-of-the-art lighting and sound.
The Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum was the home of Martha Berry, who was one of the founders of the Berry College. The Oak Hill is a charming farmhouse spread over 170 acres (68 hectares) of land. Now functioning as a museum, its collection includes paintings as well as portraits of renowned people. There is a gift shop available as well. This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chieftains Museum, or Major Ridge Home is a historic home located in Rome, Georgia. The two story structure was built in 1792 for Major Ridge, a Cherokee leader, in what was Cherokee country in those days. Now in use as a local history house museum, it features artifacts and exhibits relating to the local Cherokee culture and traditions. The museum is also a significant part of the Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.