Weddings & Social Celebrations

The Museum has gorgeous facilities to accommodate both a ceremony and reception. Our 8,000 square foot outdoor River View Terrace offers panoramic views of Chattanooga North Shore and the Tennessee River. It's a stunning setting for a ceremony. Having a winter wedding or worried about the weather? The Museum's versatile spaces can easily accommodate both the ceremony and reception indoors.


Ceremonies may begin at 6:30 p.m. or 7 p.m. There is an area for the bridal party to get dressed and an area for the family and groomsmen to relax between photos. For the reception, the Grand Foyer and Auditorium open into one another, creating just under 4,000 square feet of space. This area has a small terrace and soaring 40-foot windows. These two spaces can accommodate your guests for either a cocktail or seated reception. There's a stage for a band or DJ and plenty of room to dance.


See how much fun a reception can be. With so much stunning indoor and outdoor space, there are many beautiful ways to arrange your perfect evening! Receptions may begin at 6, 6:30 or 7 p.m.

Many clients choose to have cocktail hour on the River View Terrace and then move inside for dinner. Or, you can plan for an outdoor reception. There is always the option to move your event inside, and the Grand Foyer offers great views with climate control! 

Rehearsal Dinners

Looking for the most inspiring location for your rehearsal dinner? The Hunter is the most elegant venue for a rehearsal dinner. The Grand Foyer can accommodate up to 180 banquet style and 300 cocktail style. The auditorium is a great addition to the lobby for larger events. The Museum’s gorgeous Foyer with its forty foot windows and outdoor terrace offers a stunning backdrop for your rehearsal dinner.