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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
African American Museum | Bessie Smith Cultural Center
African American Museum | Bessie Smith Cultural Center

(423) 266-8658

200 E ML King Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37403   Directions Website

Visit the Bessie Smith Cultural Center to see African American cultural arts and entertainment. The landmark destination showcases exciting art exhibits, concerts and work shops. It's also home to the prestigious African American Museum and Heritage Festival.

Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum

(423) 756-2738

321 Chestnut St
Chattanooga, TN 37402   Directions Website

Discover the science of learning at the Creative Discovery Museum. It’s considered one of the top children’s museums in the nation. Kids and adults are fascinated by an amazing array of hands-on science, health and art exhibits, plus they enjoy seeing super cool shows about chemistry and physics at the Science Theater.

Hunter Museum of American Art
Hunter Museum of American Art

(423) 267-0968

10 Bluff View Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37403   Directions Website

The Hunter Museum of American Art is suspended atop an 80-foot bluff overlooking the beautiful Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga. The museum's art collections showcase paintings, sculptures, and furniture from Colonial to present day. Marvel at fine art and attend museum events set amidst spectacular river views.

International Towing & Recovery Museum
International Towing & Recovery Museum

(423) 267-3132

3315 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37408   Directions Website

The International Towing & Recovery Museum showcases antique wreckers and equipment and tools of the towing and recovery industry. Exhibits include the Wall of the Fallen which honors those who died in the line of duty and the Hall of Fame recognizing those who’ve made contributions to the industry.

River Gallery Sculpture Garden
River Gallery Sculpture Garden

(800) 374-2923

400 E 2nd St
Chattanooga, TN 37403   Directions Website

The River Gallery Sculpture Garden is home to intriguing sculptures amidst colorful gardens, a mountain stream and tranquil meditation areas. Located in Chattanooga’s Bluffs View Arts District and overlooking the Tennessee River, the two-acre open space is a gem worth visiting.

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

(423) 894-8028

4119 Cromwell Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421   Directions Website

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum preserves historical railroad equipment and shares impactful stories about the industry. Visitors can see train exhibits and take a train ride, such as the Dinner on the Diner ride where passengers travel past city attractions while dining on a delicious three-course meal. All aboard!

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