History & The Arts

Chattanooga is rich in history and the arts. Visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo for a history lesson encompassing architecture, trains, and more! Tour many downtown Chattanooga art galleries and surrounding historic places.

Songbirds Timeless Guitar Museum

Visit Songbirds Guitar Museum, a guitar-oriented, pop culture experience for the whole family! Explore the extensive collection of rare, vintage guitars. Experience American history in a new and unique environment through the Songbirds Guitars' extensive anthology of exhibits. Find hours and admission info at Songbirds Guitar Museum.

Tennessee Valley Railroad

Ride the rails and take a journey on the Tennessee Valley Railroad's Missionary Ridge Local, one of Chattanooga's original rail lines! Described as a moving museum, the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers an interactive, historical experience that will add an extra dimension to your visit to Chattanooga’s great attractions!

Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the nation's first of its kind, was created in 1890 to preserve and commemorate the battles that marked a major turning point during the Civil War. The Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center includes Civil War exhibits, the Fuller Gun Collection, an orientation film, maps of hiking and biking routes at the park, and information on how to experience the Civil War history offered at the park's other local units, which include Point Park located atop Lookout Mountain.

Bluff View Art District

Bluff View Art District is a historic neighborhood featuring an art gallery, plenty of gardens, plazas and courtyards where you can relax and rejuvenate. Chattanooga's first art district spans 1.5 city blocks and is atop stone cliffs that look over the Tennessee River.

Hunter Museum of American Art

The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a range of styles and periods.

Gallery 1401

Located just one block from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, Gallery 1401 represents over 40 nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The collection reflects a full spectrum of contemporary realism, impressionism, and classical styles of works on paper, canvas, board, sculpture, glass, and photography.

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