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“Wonderful art, architecture and location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hunter Museum of American Art

Hunter Museum of American Art
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Haunted Walking Tour of Chattanooga
Ranked #11 of 147 things to do in Chattanooga
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Owner description: The Hunter offers amazing architecture, a stunning permanent collection and exciting temporary exhibitions, a museum store and café by Dipped Fresh. The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The variety of the collection inside is reflected by the architecture of the museum's exterior. The museum is housed in an early twentieth century mansion, a modern 1970s era building and a sleek, contemporary structure of steel and glass. The museum's collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, video, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a diverse range of styles and periods. A few of the well-known artists whose work is represented in the Hunter include Thomas Cole, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Robert S. Duncanson, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John Marin, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Jack Beal, George Segal, Duane Hanson, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Gilliam, and Andy Warhol. The Hunter Museum is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit charitable institution.
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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful art, architecture and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

From the historic mansion in the Bluff View Art district to the stunning contemporary additions, the Hunter is worth the climb up the hill. The focus is a nice selection of American art including the Hudson River school. They are surrounded by wonderful outdoor sculptures as well. There are at least three charming restaurants within a block as well as galleries and a working artists studio, which was not open when I was there. The Walnut street bridge (a pedestrian bridge) across the Tennessee River is right there as well as the Houston museum, in the private residence of a woman who amassed an amazing glass collection (including over 8,000 glass pitchers alone). And all just a few blocks away from the river, the aquarium and a main restaurant and theatre district.

Visited December 2012
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Sacramento, CA
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good art museum for a medium-sized city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

First, keep in mind that this is Chattanooga, not New York City or Atlanta. An art museum here isn't going to be as top-notch as a big city museum. But if you go in knowing that, you won't be disappointed. The admission is reasonable, and there is a good variety of art inside. There are some nice sculpture and painting collections, and although there is a decent amount of rotating exhibits, I've only been twice so I cannot comment on the quality of all of the rotations. Atmosphere-wise, it is more casual than typical big city art museums, and the building and location are excellent. The views from the hill are awesome, and the museum is located in a great part of town. It's more kid-friendly than say the High Museum in Atlanta and is well-suited for casual art observers and not just art snobs.

Visited May 2012
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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A little OR long time could be spent here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

There's plenty to see so that you could take several hours looking at it all or even a quick browse through it would be well worth the time. They weren't having any special exhibits when I went last time so we were able to see all the art in about 40 minutes. If you were to spend a good deal of time looking at all the details of all the pieces you could very well spend over 2 hours easy.

Visited November 2012
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West Midlands, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Perfect gallery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

An absolutely charming gallery in a great riverside position. very varied exhibits and all with very helpful notes. Staff also were very helpful. there was a jazz band playing when we were there. Great spot for a relaxing Sunday morning. A completely unstuffy art gallery!

Visited October 2012
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Plover, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Modern art your thing?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

If you like Modern Art, you are in luck! If you don't care for it though, you might be better off elsewhere. They have some permanent exhibits of various mediums, and I can appreciate a little of everything, but I can see how some people wouldn't care for the Hunter Museum's offerings. I'm no art critic, but a lot of things appeared to have been made by children and put on display without any rhyme or reason. Maybe I'm just missing something though. It has some terrific old paintings in the first section of the museum, and I found something to enjoy in most of the displays. It's a nice museum, but as a fair warning, it's offerings aren't for everyone.

Visited October 2012
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