Open Monday – Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

  • We Are Open With Safety In Mind

    Our goal is to make sure our guests have a safe and meaningful experience in our galleries.
  • Find Your Inspiration Here

    The new National Medal of Honor Heritage Center brings to life the amazing stories of ordinary people who demonstrated extraordinary heroism under the most difficult circumstances. You’re sure to leave encouraged knowing that you too have the potential to be a hero!
  • Bricks of Honor

    Help us pave the way for the new National Medal of Honor Heritage Center by purchasing a brick to honor a veteran or loved one!

A First Class Experience

To Find The Hero Within

Chattanooga is where our nation’s highest military honor for valor was first awarded. Experience the powerful stories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things. Spending just an hour or two at Chattanooga’s newest attraction will inspire you and your family with the values demonstrated by Medal of Honor recipients - patriotism, courage, citizenship, integrity, sacrifice and commitment.

  • Patriotism
  • Citizenship
  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Sacrifice
  • Commitment
About The Medal of Honor Heritage Center

Exploring recipients through what they left behind

The Charles H. Coolidge National Heritage Center takes care of over 6,000 objects that help tell the story of Medal of Honor recipients and fellow veterans from the Civil War forward. These objects are tangible reminders of the sacrifice of our men and women in arms. Please enjoy learning more about our collection.
Alvin York Doss Desmond

Where Education Meets Inspiration

A key focus of the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is education. We extend beyond the Heritage Center walls to help current and future generations locally and across our country find the relevance of the Medal of Honor in their own lives. Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, we teach the common character traits that embody Medal of Honor recipients – Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment. In doing so, we believe our youth – our future leaders – will learn to emulate these six character traits to make their lives and communities better.


US Colored Troops in the Civil War: A Living History Virtual Class

Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 PM EST

Please join us on Thursday, February 25th at 6 PM EST for a special virtual presentation on the US Colored Troops in the Civil War…

“Saving Sycamore” Lecture & Book Signing

Saturday, February 20th at 2 PM EST

Register below or learn more HERE! Advanced registration is required by Thursday, February 18th at 5:00 PM and you will receive COVID-19 safety details by email…


The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center has numerous exciting opportunities in which you can get involved. We invite you to become a volunteer today and support our mission to memorialize the history of our nation's highest military award for valor, from the first Medals awarded in 1863 to present day, and educate future generations of Americans about the six character traits associated with their gallantry -- Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment.

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