Now Open in Downtown Chattanooga!

  • 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!
  • Let's Honor Charles H. Coolidge on His 99th Birthday

    Join us in honoring Medal of Honor recipient Charles H. Coolidge on his 99th birthday with a purchase of a special 8" x 8" Brick of Valor that includes a limited edition Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Challenge Coin.
  • Heritage Center Reopens

    Our goal is to make sure our guests have a safe and meaningful experience in our galleries.
  • 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!
  • Celebration of Valor

    Come join us on August 25 at the Chattanooga Convention center for our 4th annual Celebration of Valor Luncheon. This year's speaker will be Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter. Get your seat today so you don't miss one of the most inspirational events you'll experience this year!

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.
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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.


Celebration of Valor

August 25, 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Chattanooga Convention Center VIP Reception: 10:00 am – 11:15 am Program: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm   Presented By: Please join…

Dr. Mary Walker: Surgeon, Spy and Patriot

June 20, 2020 - October 19, 2020

Known for being a revolutionary leader on equality and women’s rights, Dr. Walker and her story on breaking through barriers and overcoming challenges is a…

2nd Annual Clay Shoot

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Please join us for a day of fun and celebration as we honor the meaning and tradition of the Medal of Honor. The National Medal…


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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