(423) 266-8658 info@bessiesmithcc.org

Plan A Visit

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is open Monday through Friday between 10 am and 5 pm on Saturdays from noon to 4 pm.

Admission Prices:

Adults $7.00
Senior Citizens & Students $5.00
Children (6-12 years old) $3.00
Members & Children (5 and under) Free
Group rates (for 10 or more) available with prior registration.


Group and schools tours of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center are available. We invite you to call to schedule your tour so we may accommodate your group’s needs. Access the group tour form by clicking here.


The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is fully accessible. If you have special needs, call (423) 266-8658 prior to your visit.

Directions & Parking

Located at 200 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chattanooga, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is easily accessible from I-24.

Free and accessible parking is available in our parking lot located on the corner of Lindsay and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Gift Shop

Our gift shop offers a wide selection of culturally inspired merchandise, including art pieces, antiques, hand crafted jewelry, ceramics, books and souvenirs. Artisans who reside throughout the Southeast region of the United States create the majority of the merchandise offered within our gift shop.

Additionally, the gift shop often features merchandise selected to complement our exhibitions, and available for a limited time only.
To explore our full range of merchandise, please visit us today! Your purchase will help support the Center’s educational programs and exhibitions.

Become a member now and enjoy 10% discount at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center’s Gift Shop!