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Address: 200 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Negro League Baseball Exhibit

I took my children down to our first visit to The Bessie Smith Cultural Center after learning the current exhibit was about the Negro Baseball Leagues. The exhibit featured... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 July 2016
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Austin, Texas
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center and Museum is under utilized by the community-in my humble opinion. It gets a good crowd during the Bessie Smith Strut during the River Bend Music Festival. However, it also offers other events open to the public, like the First Friday Music series that happens May thru July. I went during the strut and on... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I took my children down to our first visit to The Bessie Smith Cultural Center after learning the current exhibit was about the Negro Baseball Leagues. The exhibit featured uniforms and descriptions of some of the most famous Negro League teams including the Homestead Grays, Newark Eagles and Kansas City Monarchs. There were also pictures and descriptions of the Chattanooga... More 

1 Thank GoVols79
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Nice, educational museum. Cool artwork on the walls. The staff are pretty friendly. The admission price is reasonable.

1 Thank taylorp51
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

I loved my visit to this attraction. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and aunts are featured here. There is so much history and African-American history in Chattanooga. History that you do not find in the history books. My only suggestion would be to include notes on everyone featured.

1 Thank Mrs P
Huntsville, Alabama
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

It was a nice tour and worth a trip to visit on the weekend if you are nearby. There is actually a gallery on the east wing that is dedicated to Bessie Smith. The museum exhibits are on the west wing. There are rotating themes as I understood during the yr. The current exhibit was the local African American history... More 

1 Thank Dennis P
Cleveland, United States
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48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Unless you are a "Brother" or"Sista" you might want to stay away from this location. It is in a bad side of the city where your car can become of an interest. It's party time when the "Strut" is going on.. Just not for everyone.

1 Thank Darrell M
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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593 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

I was here December 2014, thought this had already posted but not, for a club Christmas party. It was my first time here and I enjoyed it the facility is great for an event like ours. We had an outside caterer and the food was excellent. There was plenty of parking. Our club will probably go back next year.

Thank CRLoveToTravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

We are glad we visited the Bessie Smith Hall. We spent about 2 hours learning and reflecting. We gained information about Africa, Slavery, and local Chattanooga History that we never knew existed. We would recommend this museum be added as a "must see" stop for anyone living in or visiting the area.

1 Thank lisa d
Irondale, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2015

Had a great evening at the Bessie. Good blues by Rick Rushing. Great food and dancing made this an evening to remember.

Thank Greg W
Tullahoma, Tennessee, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2014

I remember when they were first opening the Bessie Smith museum. A friend of mine and I were avid Bessie fans and knew a lot of info about her and had collected her records for years. They didn't really have that much that was supposedly Bessie's on display. What I remember was the audacity of the procurer asking me to... More 

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