Previous trips to Chattanooga have led me to Chickamauga Battlefield and the Tennessee Aquarium, but I had never before visited the Hunter Museum of American Art until my most recent trip. The museum, set overlooking the Tennessee River, turned out to be one of the most impressive art museums I’ve visited in the South.
The museum itself is a work of art, made up of three different buildings with varied architectural styles. The first is an early twentieth century mansion that was first converted into a museum. The second and third are a building from the 1970s and the sleek, modern style of the wing overlooking the river.
The Hunter showcases artwork from the colonial period to the present, with collected work from renowned artists Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Chuck Close, whose work is pictured above. All types of media are seen here, including photography, painting and mixed media.
If You Go
The Hunter Museum of American Art is located at 10 Bluff View Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403. The museum is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm, and on Wednesdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for children and free for members and children under 3. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
Parking is free at the museum. From I-24, take U.S. Highway 27 North and take exit 1C right on 4th Street. Turn Left on High Street. The Hunter Museum parking lot is on the right at the end of High Street. If you’re taking public transportation, you can walk from the Tennessee Aquarium stop, where most buses and the free city shuttle terminates.