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“Spectacular setting, wonderful art in a beautiful building”

Hunter Museum of American Art
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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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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We learned that the beautiful Hunter Museum of Art had a Chamber Music Concert in the early evening. We had planned to tour of the Hunter Museum of Art but this was definitely a bonus! The museum is situated on top of an 80-foot bluff overlooking the Tennessee River. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. This year the museum’s String Theory music series began today! Museum attendees were invited to listen to the museum’s art curators discuss works from the Hunter collection that relate to the music featured in the evening concert. As we strolled through the museum viewing sculpture and paintings with occasional glimpses of the Tennessee River through the many glass walls, we were able to stop and listen to the lecture in the open gallery on the main floor. The concert featured Roberto Diaz, President of the Curtis Institute of Music and mezzo-soprano Jazimina Macneil. My husband and I were perched on the second floor balcony with a perfect view of the performers in the concert hall below us. The three story glass walls aided in the acoustics of this performance as well as giving us a perfect view of the boaters floating by on the Tennessee River. What a wonderful end to our visit in Chattanooga!

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Wow. The Hunter is a pretty incredible museum for a town of Chattanooga's size to have. First off, it's situated on the bluff over the river, so the views are incredible. Second, it's a super funky modernist building juxtaposed against an old colonial mansion (both buildings are interconnected and contain galleries), so the contrast is cool and unexpected as you're making your way through the collection. Third, these guys have an amazing collection, major names, classics, some great contemporary stuff and it's beautifully curated. You don't feel overwhelmed by the scale of the museum, but you get enough. Really a great experience. The sculpture park leading out and down the bluff to the river walk is also amazing and from what I hear, rotates it's pieces frequently. Go there!

Thank Joe M
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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

I am so ashamed to admit that we have visited Chattanooga every year for at least a decade ... and this was the first time we went to the Hunter.

But we went and we were so impressed!

Don't make the same mistake we mare. GO NOW!

This art museum rivals many we have visited in other much larger cities. Their collection is varied and includes some of the best American impressionism, portraiture, and landscapes we have ever viewed.

Put the Hunter Museum at the top of your list of great American museums to visit.

Thank tigerP
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

The location of this museum is worth the visit! It is situated in the Bluff View Art District overlooking the Tennessee River. The collection of American Art works is outstanding! Don't miss the glass dress! An added bonus was the beautiful Christmas trees throughout the museum decorated by local organizations. The mansion housing part of the collection is lovely by itself. So glad we visited.

Thank Cathie C
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Not being a museum buff, I recently attended for the first time in 12 years. I was very impressed. They have something for everyone to enjoy, from scenic views to all forms of art to appreciate. Architectural, glass, sculptures, paintings, real life, & etc. They also have free Sundays once a month!

Thank mcd8929
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