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

  • Experience History

  • 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.
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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.


Bonnyman Exhibit Opening

Monday, May 30th, 5pm - 7pm

  The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center is proud to present our newest exhibit featuring Medal of Honor recipient Alexander Bonnyman Jr. Please join…

Celebration of Valor Luncheon

September 30, 2022

We invite you to Save the Date and plan on joining us on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Chattanooga Convention Center for one of Chattanooga’s…

Andrews’ Raiders and Civil War Chattanooga Walking Tours

9 AM on both Saturday, April 23rd and 30th

Please join us for a walking tour of downtown Chattanooga with Maury Nicely! 9 AM on Saturday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 30th  We recommend…


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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