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

  • Experience History

  • 2022 Mission Ask

    Help support our Mission Ask for the 2022 Celebration of Valor Luncheon.
  • Bricks of Honor

    Honor a special veteran or a loved one with a personalized Brick of Honor at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.
  • Open With Safety in Mind

    Our goal is to make sure our guests have a safe and meaningful experience in our galleries.

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.


Medal of Honor Recipients and Renaming America’s Military Bases: With Connor Williams

Saturday, January 14

Join the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center for our third webinar on Saturday, January 14 at 12pm EST!     During the past two…

Unraveling the Myth of Sgt. Alvin York: With James Gregory

Saturday, December 3

Author and historian James P. Gregory Jr. joined historian (and our Interim Executive Director!) David Currey for a conversation to discuss Gregory’s new book, “Unraveling…

Celebration of Valor Luncheon

September 30, 2022

You are cordially invited to the most satisfying and inspiring lunch you will have all year. Make plans now to join us for the 6th…

4th Annual Clay Shoot

Friday, October 7, 2022

Join us for a day filled with friends, family and fun at the 4th Annual Clay Shoot. Target shooting is one of the fastest growing…


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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