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  • Heritage Center to Reopen May 23

    Our goal is to make sure our guests have a safe and meaningful experience in our galleries.
  • Free Admission for Kids!

    To show appreciation for the families who have made personal sacrifices during these difficult and unprecedented times, the Heritage Center will offer free admission to children ages 12 and under through July 1, 2020.
  • 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!
  • 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!
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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.

  • 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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Creating a First-Class Immersive Experience to Find the Hero Within

Nearly three years ago, a dedicated group of veterans and business leaders launched a campaign to design and build the new Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in the heart of where the heritage of the Medal of Honor began in 1862-1863 – Chattanooga, Tennessee.  On February 22, 2020, the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center officially opened its 19,000-sq.-ft. facility that features life-sized, immersive exhibits that memorialize our nation’s highest military award for valor, honor its national heritage and recipients, and educates future generations of Americans about the six character traits embodied by the Medal of Honor and its recipients:  Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment.

Events


Celebration of Valor

August 25, 2020

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

Honoring the Sacrifice: Medals of Honor Through Time

February 22, 2020 - June 11, 2020

This exhibit explores the lives and actions of twelve Medal of Honor recipients from the Civil War to the Vietnam period.  Exhibit goers will see Medals of…

Dr. Mary Walker: Surgeon, Spy and Patriot

June 20, 2020 - October 19, 2020

This exhibit explores the life and Civil War actions of the only female Medal of Honor recipient, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker.  Dr. Walker grew up…

Volunteer

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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