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Bessie Smith Hall

200 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
+1 615-757-0020
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200 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
+1 615-757-0020
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum has a sizable collection of African art as well as artifacts and exhibits about the local Black culture. It provides great details about Bessie Smith and other local entertainers, including the Impressions!

Thank zablob
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We stopped here because our daughter had recently done a report on Bessie Smith for school. There is a lot of information on African History and culture here as well and information on the Civil Rights Movement. The Bessie Smith part was smaller than expected...More

Thank Kirk B
Reviewed 31 July 2016

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center and Museum is under utilized by the community-in my humble opinion. It gets a good crowd during the Bessie Smith Strut during the River Bend Music Festival. However, it also offers other events open to the public, like the First...More

1  Thank Ava I
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I took my children down to our first visit to The Bessie Smith Cultural Center after learning the current exhibit was about the Negro Baseball Leagues. The exhibit featured uniforms and descriptions of some of the most famous Negro League teams including the Homestead Grays,...More

1  Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Nice, educational museum. Cool artwork on the walls. The staff are pretty friendly. The admission price is reasonable.

1  Thank taylorp51
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

I loved my visit to this attraction. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and aunts are featured here. There is so much history and African-American history in Chattanooga. History that you do not find in the history books. My only suggestion would be to include notes on everyone...More

1  Thank Mrs P
Reviewed 3 February 2016

It was a nice tour and worth a trip to visit on the weekend if you are nearby. There is actually a gallery on the east wing that is dedicated to Bessie Smith. The museum exhibits are on the west wing. There are rotating themes...More

1  Thank Dennis P
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Unless you are a "Brother" or"Sista" you might want to stay away from this location. It is in a bad side of the city where your car can become of an interest. It's party time when the "Strut" is going on.. Just not for everyone.

1  Thank Darrell M
Reviewed 13 August 2015

I was here December 2014, thought this had already posted but not, for a club Christmas party. It was my first time here and I enjoyed it the facility is great for an event like ours. We had an outside caterer and the food was...More

Thank CRLoveToTravel
Reviewed 3 June 2015

We are glad we visited the Bessie Smith Hall. We spent about 2 hours learning and reflecting. We gained information about Africa, Slavery, and local Chattanooga History that we never knew existed. We would recommend this museum be added as a "must see" stop for...More

1  Thank lisa d
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