Hunter Museum of American Art, Bluff View Arts District, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America, North America

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Hunter Museum of American Art


Set high on the river bluffs, this striking edifice of melted steel and glass – fronted by an early-20th-century mansion – is easily the most singular architectural achievement in Tennessee. Oh, and its 19th- and 20th-century art collection is fantastic. Permanent exhibits are free the first Thursday of the month between 4pm and 8pm, but special exhibits will cost $5.

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