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Chattanooga, TN

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Things To Do: Museums/Cultural Spaces

Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Named after "Empress of the Blues" Chattanooga-born musical legend Bessie Smith, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center celebrates the African diaspora, Chattanooga's rich African American history and America's iconic blues and jazz legacy. Centrally located on Chattanooga's iconic Martin Luther King Boulevard, the Bessie is a convenient location for all your event needs. With an array of event spaces, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center can host an intimate small gathering or a large-scale event with up to 1,000 attendees. more...

Creative Discovery Museum

For a fun-filled event that will make your family or your guests feel young at heart, consider Chattanooga's Creative Discovery Museum. This interactive children's museum is an exciting and unique space for all your event needs. Guests can get in touch with their inner child and explore any of the exciting exhibits on view. Some favorite permanent exhibit activities include digging for dinosaur bones in Excavation Station, recording music in the Performing Arts Gallery or cooking in Culinary Corner. The Creative Discovery Museum can host up to 350 guests for an event they wont soon forget. more...

Gordon-Lee Mansion

Built in 1847, this elegant mansion will make you or your guests feel like an aristocrat in the Antebellum South. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this breathtaking venue is complete with period antiques, a formal garden, covered pavilion and indoor banquet hall. more...

Hunter Museum of American Art

With a stunning view of the Tennessee River, the Walnut Street Bridge and the North Shore, the Hunter Museum of American Art is a gorgeous location for any special gathering. The Hunter Museum of American Art includes a number of event venues, including the elegant Grand Foyer Lobby, the spacious auditorium and the picturesque Paley or Riverview Terraces. The Hunter Museum of American Art also allows the option to rent out the Museum's galleries to hold a memorable event among the Museum's treasured collection of paintings and sculptures. more...

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center

Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center includes 317 acres of lush forests, fields of wildflowers and babbling brooks, all located along the western slope of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain. Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is home to a wide array of wildlife and many species of birds. The arboretum is a scenic location available for rental for private events. The Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center grounds include a large landscaped garden, well-maintained trails and the beautiful Blue Heron Boardwalk. more...

Southern Belle Riverboat

The elegant Southern Belle Riverboat is 450-passenger excursion vessel that tours the picturesque Tennessee River in and around the Chattanooga area. This ship cruises daily, offers sightseeing lunches with live narration and sunset cruises nightly with music, dancing and dinner. The Southern Belle Riverboat is also available for charter for casual events or formal affairs. The Southern Belle event booking staff have an wide range of packages available to suit your special event needs. more...

Tennessee Aquarium

Widely considered one of Chattanooga's top attractions, the Tennessee Aquarium boasts an impressive aquarium as well as an IMAX 3D Theater and an excursion on the River Gorge Explorer, a 70-passenger catamaran that leaves from Chattanooga's pier on a 2-hour journey on the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. All three options, the Tennessee Aquarium, IMAX Theater and River Gorge Explorer, are available for rental for evening events. The Tennessee Aquarium can accommodate events for anywhere from 20 to 2,000 attendees. With a wide array of event spaces and many options for personalization, your guests will enjoy an enriching event while exploring exhibits filled with penguins, sharks, otters and many other intriguing creatures. more...

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

You and your guests can enjoy an exciting ride on the Southeast's largest operating historical railroad. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum can accommodate up to 500 guests for a scenic train excursion or a gathering in one of their indoor or outdoor event spaces. A trip to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum will forever change the way you look at trains and railroads and is a must for train lovers. more...

The Chattanooga Zoo

The 14-acre Chattanooga Zoo is an exciting and unique venue available for families and for rental for any special event you can imagine. The Chattanooga Zoo consists of a 3,500 sq. ft. indoor banquet facility, or a number of outdoor pavilions and plaza spaces. The Chattanooga Zoo has a wonderful Animal Ambassadors Program, which can include an up close encounter with up to six incredible animals led by an experienced zoo educator. Special events at the Chattanooga Zoo can also include a number of added entertainment options for your guests to enjoy, including costumed character appearances, camel rides, carousel rides and face painting. more...

The Church On Main

Built in 1904, The Church on Main is a great place to hold an event. With a rustic feel and vintage touches, this 4,500 sq. ft. event space can host up to 299 guests. With its open floor plan, The Church on Main is a blank canvas that can be customized in almost any way you see fit. more...

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