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The Hunter Museum of American Art

The Hunter Museum of American Art, perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, offers one of our country’s finest collection of American art.

Located in an historical mansion and a sleek contemporary building on the bluffs, the Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day that the entire family can enjoy.

The collection includes paintings, sculpture, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a diverse range of styles and periods. A few of the artists represented in the Hunter include Thomas Cole, Fitzhugh Lane, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John Marin, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Jack Beal, George Segal, Duane Hanson and Robert Rauschenberg.

With three buildings representing 100 years of architecture, the Hunter Museum is also a prominent feature of the Chattanooga skyline.

There are three distinct architectural stages: the original 1904 classical revival mansion designed by Abram Garfield which has housed the museum since its opening in 1952, an addition built in 1975, and a third addition in 2005 designed by Randall Stout which now serves as the entrance to the museum.

With the 2005 expansion, the Hunter extended toward downtown. The Ruth S. and A. William Holmberg Pedestrian Bridge provides a pedestrian-friendly connection to the nearby Walnut Street Bridge and riverfront attractions. The glass bridge allows pedestrians to cross over Riverside Drive.

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