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The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts

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Address: 201 High Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone Number: +1 423-267-7176
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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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We left a very nice but pricey gallery and ventured across the street to the museum. Me and my wife were greeted on this Friday by a cute elderly lady and I do mean lady (not many... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 20, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

We left a very nice but pricey gallery and ventured across the street to the museum. Me and my wife were greeted on this Friday by a cute elderly lady and I do mean lady (not many around these days) who asked if we would like a tour. Feeling somewhat captured we agreed. Eighteen dollars please. Gulp. What a nice... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

I can't believe how unfriendly these people were--twice! First, they open at noon and we were there a bit early and they waved us away. We came back and were scolded for trying to enter the museum. People! How were we supposed to know that mundane doorway was out of bounds. There are ways to say it that do not... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Mrs. Houston spent most of her life collecting her "pretties." From the early 1900's to her death fifty years later she was able to amass a collection of beautiful china, furniture, music boxes and toys. The largest and most beautiful part of her collection is the cut-glass pitcher collection. We never knew there were so many color combinations for various... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

If you are a collector of glass, lover of antiques, or just interested in an incredible story, this is the museum to see! There are many museums to visit but this one has such a real local story. Anna Safely Houston was a curious eccentric to the population of Chattanooga and what a treasure she has left behind! Glass galore... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016

My husband and I visited in fall of last year and had a wonderful time. I think he was hesitant because, you know, decorative stuffs, but our tour guide did such a great job covering the techniques and technologies of how some of the items were made as well as the larger world history that influenced various artistic styles that... More 

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Stone Mountain, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2016

This museum is a little gem for folks who love decorative art collections. The glass collection is amazing and so beautifully displayed.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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