COVID Related Information:
Keep in mind this location's hours may vary. It is always a good idea to call before coming in person.
Located in the area once dubbed as the city’s black enterprise zone, (the famed 9th Street District) now known as M.L. King Boulevard, the museum’s original goal was to present the many contributions African Americans made to the development of Chattanooga. The Bessie Smith Performance Hall has become well known in the Chattanooga community as an educational institution and spectacular venue to host performances, banquets, meetings and various community events.
And now the mission of the Bessie Smith African-American Museum is to preserve and celebrate African American History and Culture in Chattanooga through art, education, research, and entertainment.