CHATTANOOGA HISTORY CENTER
2 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Executive Director: Dr. Daryl Black
Phone: (423) 265-3247
Fax: (423) 266-9280
The Chattanooga History Center, originally named the Chattanooga Regional History Museum, began in 1978 as a grassroots effort by local citizens who recognized the need for preserving our local artifacts. The original museum was located in the former Missionary Ridge Elementary School, soon relocating to the corner of Fourth and Chestnut Streets. In 2000 the City of Chattanooga donated an adjacent building at 401 Broad Street for expansion. These two aging buildings, designed for other purposes, became prohibitively expensive to operate or renovate.
A new generation of museum visitors demanded a fresh approach to connecting to the past. In 2007, the museum's name was formally changed to the Chattanooga History Center. In February 2008, the properties which housed the museum on Broad and Chestnut Streets were sold, and the Chattanooga History Center moved to a temporary location at 615 Lindsay Street. In June of 2011, the offices of the Chattanooga History Center moved to our new facility at 2 Broad Street on the Aquarium Plaza. Here, planning and design of the new Center continue along with its programs and its service to the public as a research resource. The new CHC will be a progressive social history museum that combines analysis of the past with lessons for civic action. By showing history as an experience in time - shaped by people making decisions specific to their own moment - the CHC will provide visitors with tools for shaping their own communities in the future. The target date for the opening of the exhibits at the new Center is the Fall of 2013.