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!
Free under 17 years
FREE between 4pm and 8pm first Thursday of the month
Museum members get free admission and 10% off the museum store
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.
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!
Healthy Eating The cafe serve healthy sandwiches and salads
Parking is available at the Hunter Museum parking lot, 500 feet from the entrance to the museum. The parking lot is wheelchair accessible. The museum has implemented a new parking system. Museum guests will still park for free but will have to register their vehicle using their license plate number. Those not visiting the museum will have to pay for parking. Learn more here. Free street parking may be available in the surrounding Bluff View Arts District. Paid parking is available at Walnut and 3rd Street.
They LOVE having students, and have school programs for students of all ages, as well as camps and homeschooling programs and events too
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!
Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Tennessee
10am - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday / 10am - 8pm Thursday / 12pm - 5pm Sunday
The museum is closed on Tuesdays, plus Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Other great things to do with kids near to
Hunter Museum of American Art