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Host Your Next Event At The Bessie!

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is located in the mecca of Chattanooga on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The convenient location and beautiful architecture make the Center a wonderful place for private events, including receptions, meetings, formal parties and many other types of special events. We offer various rooms to accommodate your special occasion. Call us today for pricing and availability at (423) 266-8658 so that we can begin planning your memorable event.



Vilma Fields Atrium

The Vilma Fields Atrium has exquisite architecture perfectly designed for an intimate setting. The beautiful wood ceiling complimented by the lovely polished brick floors makes this space a winner for any occasion.

Square footage: 2301 sq. ft. (59′ x 39′)

Standing Room Banquet Style Auditorium Style
Capacity: 175 104 130



Bessie Smith Performance Hall

The Bessie Smith Performance Hall is perfect for all occasions! Space is accentuated with beautiful hardwood floors, wood ceilings, lovely windows and accented with a touch of Bessie’s nostalgia. Space also includes a stage with curtains. Other available options include a first-class audio-visual system with lights and a fully equipped commercial kitchen. This space promises to make a lasting impression on your special occasion.

Square footage: 3105 sq. ft. (45′ x 69′)

Standing Room Banquet Style Auditorium Style
Capacity: 400 240 325

The Museum Terrace & Grounds

This space is perfect for any outdoor event! Space includes a lovely manicured lawn, a terrace perfect for an intimate setting while utilizing the exquisite grounds to compliment an event of 1,000 or more people.


Tables and chairs are included with your room rental fee for the Vilma Fields Atrium, Bessie Smith Performance Hall and the conference rooms. Chairs and tables are not included with rental of the Museum Terrace/Lawn.