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Third Annual Museum Hop August 15 and 16
Features Seven Chattanooga-Area Museums


It’s a two-day museum smorgasbord of tow trucks, classic
cars, American military heritage, guitars, railroads, and decorative art! On August 15
and 16, seven Chattanooga-area museums open their doors for a very special package
deal during Chattanooga’s third annual Museum Hop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both
days.


Museum Hop admission for all seven museums is $25 per person or $50 for a family of
four, a savings of more than $60 over regular admission prices. The first 100 ticket
buyers will get a free Museum Hop t-shirt.


Here’s how it works. Purchase tickets on EventBrite using this
link— https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chattanooga-hop-trolley-tour-tickets-65039075626 .
Then pick up your passport at any of the participating museums. As you travel at your
own pace from museum to museum, be sure to have your passport stamped.

 

PARTICIPATING MUSEUMS

International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum
3315 Broad Street


Enjoy a close encounter with a tow truck that is fun, positive, and nostalgic. Take a walk
through history and learn how the towing and recovery industry started right here in
Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1916. See 18 antique tow trucks and two Model T
automobiles on display as well as hundreds of collectible toy tow trucks. Take time to
walk through our Wall of the Fallen memorial grounds dedicated to the men and women
who have lost their lives in the line of service in the towing and recovery industry. For
more information: internationaltowingmuseum.org.

 

Coker Car Museum

1317 Chestnut Street
In 1958, Coker Tire started as a local tire shop and grew into the world’s largest
manufacturer/supplier of tires and wheels for collector vehicles. The Coker Car Museum
features vehicles and memorabilia spanning over 120 years of automotive history. The
private collection highlights cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center
Northgate Mall, mall entrance near Sears
Downtown, 2 West Aquarium Way
Museum Hop visitors can tour two facilities. The current Heritage Center in Northgate
Mall will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m, both days. Guides will assist visitors in viewing exhibits
representing the full span of Medal of Honor history including the Civil War, Indian Wars,
Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the War on
Terror. Highlights include artifacts and displays related to Medal of Honor recipients in
each conflict. For more information: mohm.org.
In addition, the Heritage Center will offer special one-hour "hard hat tours" of the new
Heritage Center currently under construction at 2 West Aquarium Way in Aquarium
Plaza. Only two tours will be offered each day, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tour will  offer
a "sneak peak" of the theater and exhibits focusing on Medal of Honor recipients such
as the Andrews Raiders, Dr. Mary Walker, George Jordan, Alvin York, Paul Huff,
Desmond Doss, Charles Coolidge, and others. A maximum of 40 visitors can be
accommodated on each tour.


Songbirds Guitars Museum
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Every guitar has a story to tell. Explore a priceless collection of rare vintage guitars like
no other on Earth through audio and visual components. Experience American history
through an extensive anthology of permanent and revolving exhibits. You will see the
most complete collection of Fender and Gibson electric guitars, along with many other
brands, many rare custom colors, prototypes, and many that were owned by famous
musicians. For more information: songbirdsguitars.com.


Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
4119 Cromwell Road
Visitors experience the “Golden Age” of railroading through vintage trains placed in an
authentic setting. Guests will have a chance to tour the display yard featuring steam and
diesel locomotives as well as passenger and freight cars. Visitors can also enjoy a train
ride on the Missionary Ridge Local. For more information: tvrail.com.


6 th Cavalry Museum
6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
Where else can you see an M-47 Patton tank? Before the city of Fort Oglethorpe
incorporated in 1949, there was an Army Post at Fort Oglethorpe from 1902 to 1947.
The 6 th Cavalry was permanently stationed at Fort Oglethorpe from 1919 to 1942 and
considered it their home. On the Post’s parade ground, surrounded by officers’ quarters

and many original Post buildings, visitors will see the history of the 6 th Cavalry (1861 to
the present) come alive with authentic weapons, uniforms, photographs, documents, a
fully restored 1944 Willys Jeep and of course the M-47 Patton tank. For more
information: 6thcavalrymuseum.org.


Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
201 High Street
Become enmeshed in a beautiful and bygone era when you’re surrounded by a
priceless and extensive collection of Victorian art glass and antiques. A Victorian
residence in the Bluff View Arts District contains one of the finest collections of antique
glass, ceramics, and pottery in the world, as well as many other kinds of rare and
unusual antiques. The collection is an enduring tribute to the determination of one
extraordinary woman who spent half a century putting it together, Anna Safley Houston.
The almost unbelievable story of her life, her many marriages and the hardships and
deprivation she willingly accepted to preserve her collection is told here. Take a guided
tour for the full experience. For more information: thehoustonmuseum.org.

Buy Your Tickets Now!


All Aboard at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum!

Aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad, you will ride a rolling time machine providing the sights and sounds of yesteryear.