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Bessie Smith Hall

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Negro League Baseball Exhibit

I took my children down to our first visit to The Bessie Smith Cultural Center after learning the... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2016
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Bessie Smith museum

A quick stop at the museum was informative to those who have never been to Chattanooga or spent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charmain D
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quick stop at the museum was informative to those who have never been to Chattanooga or spent much time listening to the blues. I have heard the stories about Bessie Smith but it was nice to find out more about her and others from...More

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Reviewed 30 June 2018

I am a Bessie Smith fan. She is in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and practically put the blues on the map by herself. So, when my wife and I were in Chattanooga, we decided this was something we HAD to see. But...More

1  Thank Geoff C
Reviewed 15 June 2018

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is a local museum full of both African & local history. The video on the history of slavery is fascinating. More interesting are the local photos and memorabilia from Chattanooga. Bessie Smith was a famous singer who died suddenly and...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

The Bessie Smith CC houses a collection of African artifacts, photographs, musical recordings, and other historical pieces. It also houses some videos, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the famous blues singer Bessie Smith, known as Empress of the Blues. It's a small collection, but ti's...More

Thank Alexis B
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Learned the history of Bessie smith and her career learned about the blues and the history of the area back in times. Very interesting they have free outside concerts and events. $7 entrance fee to tour inside museum. Within walking distance of restarants and other...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

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!

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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.

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