Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga
Where are we going today?
Did you know that at the Hunter Museum of American Art, it's not just about the incredible art that is all around you? Nope! In fact, it's here that kids can actually learn all about American history as they check out the many exhibits at this Chattanooga experience.
Perched high over the Tennessee River (which means pretty amazing views!), the Hunter Museum of American Art is filled with collections that focuses on American art, ranging from the Colonial period right through to the present day. It's where entire families can go and enjoy wandering the halls, being inspired by the artwork, and learning something new!
It's a great way for kids to start conversations with you about what they think it means to be American - both what it MEANT, and what it means now.
The Hunter Museum of American Art is also a great place where kids can learn that the wonderful world of art, doesn't mean just painting! The collections feature works on paper, as well as sculptures, furniture, glass, and mixed media.
There are ceramics to enjoy, installations to be wowed by, and even metal where kids can talk about what they think it represents.
The museum also loves to offer community events, from interactive discussions, to hands-on educational courses for kids, and lecture series, it's worth checking out their diary and making sure you don't miss out!
And of course, what would the museum be without Hunter Kids! With programs and classes, as well as camps and other fun experiences for kids, they will make sure that art is FUN!
So let's have an art attack, and get inspired!
How much does it cost?
- ChildrenFree under 17 years
- Free Under: 17 years
When can we go?
Mon,, Tues, Fri, Sat - 10am - 5pm. Wed & Sun: 12pm - 5pm. Thursday: 10am - 8pm
All year round
They LOVE having students, and have school programs for students of all ages, as well as camps and homeschooling programs and events too.
Art is hungry work, so they have a great cafe overlooking the river where you can pick up sandwiches, desserts, and drinks. Great to sit outdoors!.
The cafe serve healthy sandwiches and salads.
Any Top Tips?
The first Thursday of the month, you can have FREE entry to the permanent collection from 4pm - 8pm. During this time, special collections are $5 per adult..
Can I get one of those?
Bring that pocket money, because there is a host of merchandise to be picked up at the Museum Store! From books, to home decor, to activity sets for kids, there will be something fun to pick up!.
Museum members get free admission and 10% off the museum store.
What people are saying?
by Topher Kersting
The Hunter has a great mix of modern and historical American art. They only display about ten percent of their collection at any one time, so we always discover something new on repeat visits. My daughter especially likes the Art-O-Mat in the lobby: A converted cigarette vending machine that dispenses $5 original artworks. I recommend the walk from the North Shore across the Walnut Street Bridge to the Hunter, then down to the Tennessee Aquarium and back across the Market Street Bridge.
by Brian G. Fay
It's a good local museum with some intriguing pieces and a great building. The staff were very helpful and eager. My wife and I liked it very much. It's not like going to the big museums in NYC or anything, but that wasn't what we were after. The location of the place can't be beat, right on the river and near the pedestrian bridge.
by James L. Carey
The Hunter is a gorgeous building and worth the price of admission just to experience the inside of the structure, the view of the river, and the tour of the historic mansion. On top of all that you get a contemporary art museum with very interesting rotating exhibits on the second floor and more traditional art in the mansion. So really, there's a lot here for everyone, lovers of modern and traditional alike. As well as modern architecture and historic structures.
by Jonna Leanne Greer
A beautiful place to see an exhibit, or host your next event. John was so pleasant to talk with over the phone and truly cares about the success of each event that happens at Hunter. A must see venue and must book venue in Chattanooga.
by Francois Loupart
Really nice collection and peacefull place. I liked the several places where you can sit and look around you while reading some available books. There was litterally noone on a sunday afternoon, great find!