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The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts

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Address: 201 High Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone Number: 423-267-7176
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Located in a century-old Victorian house, this museum houses one of the...

Located in a century-old Victorian house, this museum houses one of the world's finest collections of antique glass and ceramics from the collection of local eccentric Anna Safley Houston.

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Beautiful afternoon of glass

What a delightful place with an interesting history. The glassworks were beautiful and we were able to enjoy them wonderfully under the guidance of our Museum guide. She was so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is a small museum and not worth seeing by itself...unless you just love glass and pottery!! But combining a visit here with the Hunter Museum, well worth a visit, and other attractions in the area it's OK.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

What a delightful place with an interesting history. The glassworks were beautiful and we were able to enjoy them wonderfully under the guidance of our Museum guide. She was so lovely and knowledgeable. It was a great afternoon tour.

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Thank BreezePainter
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Awesome collection of all kinds of glass. The lady passion bordered on eccentricity has given us a treasure from the past. I was impressed by the volunteers who keep the little museum open and the manager who is so committed to making this collection available to the public. I was happy to pay the entrance fee.

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Thank AlisonMacheras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I have been visiting the Houston Museum since about 1972. If you love beautiful glassware, then this is definitely the place for you. The lady who collected all the glass is long gone, but her legacy lives on thanks to those who finally discovered all her treasure. So vast is the collection that only a portion is on display at... More 

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Thank Zen M
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

probably the largest pitcher collection in the universe. the tour is interesting ad there are many amazing glass pieces.

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Thank ChattanoogaBelle
Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Totally fascinating story of the woman who collected all this glass. Beautiful collection of unique butterfly handle tea cups. Cool room with pitchers hanging from the ceiling. Kinda a tight squeeze so best to leave your jackets and purses in the car. Free parking.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The tour of Houston Art Museum of Decorative Art gave historical insight to a most unique woman who was a curator / collector. Anna Safely Houston must have lived an intriguing life. The glass collection is nothing short of mind blowing with so many colors, styles, and the history behind the various areas they come from. Many other decorative arts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The curator took us on a guided tour where we saw the most stunning, unusual and beautiful pieces of glass, furniture and other goodies. The woman who amassed this collection of treasures was married at least 10 times and made collecting her lifetime passion. Wonderful back story.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This museum is set in the Bluff View Arts District of Chattanooga. For only $10 I received a personal tour of the museum which if you love the beauty of glass is well worth it. My tour included lots if information about Annie Houston whose collection this museum features. An eccentric, Annie collected these pieces over most of her life.... More 

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Blairsville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

This museum is truly interesting, but even more interesting was the story behind the collection. Our very knowledgable tour guide, Patrick, explained Annie, a fascinating woman whose love of collecting shows through this amazing exhibit. The wonderful collection of pickle jars alone was worth the price of admission, and there's much, much more. Milk glass, cranberry glass, hobnail, thumbprint, beer... More 

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