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Bessie Smith Hall

200 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
+1 615-757-0020
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Disappointing. Bessie Smith Deserves So Much More

I am a Bessie Smith fan. She is in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and practically put the blues on... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Geoff C
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Ossining, New York
a very worthwhile visit

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is a local museum full of both African & local history. The video... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2018
Antonio8069
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Los Angeles, California
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200 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

I am a Bessie Smith fan. She is in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and practically put the blues on the map by herself. So, when my wife and I were in Chattanooga, we decided this was something we HAD to see. But...More

Thank Geoff C
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is a local museum full of both African & local history. The video on the history of slavery is fascinating. More interesting are the local photos and memorabilia from Chattanooga. Bessie Smith was a famous singer who died suddenly and...More

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Reviewed 13 December 2017

The Bessie Smith CC houses a collection of African artifacts, photographs, musical recordings, and other historical pieces. It also houses some videos, photographs, and memorabilia relating to the famous blues singer Bessie Smith, known as Empress of the Blues. It's a small collection, but ti's...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Learned the history of Bessie smith and her career learned about the blues and the history of the area back in times. Very interesting they have free outside concerts and events. $7 entrance fee to tour inside museum. Within walking distance of restarants and other...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017

This museum has a sizable collection of African art as well as artifacts and exhibits about the local Black culture. It provides great details about Bessie Smith and other local entertainers, including the Impressions!

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We stopped here because our daughter had recently done a report on Bessie Smith for school. There is a lot of information on African History and culture here as well and information on the Civil Rights Movement. The Bessie Smith part was smaller than expected...More

Thank Kirk B
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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...More

1  Thank Ava I
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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,...More

1  Thank GoVols79
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Reviewed 29 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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Reviewed 20 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...More

1  Thank Mrs P
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