The National Medal of Honor Museum educates present and future generations about the extraordinary sacrifices of those who went above and beyond the call of duty to preserve the cause of freedom.
While focusing on the Medal of Honor recipients, the museum is designed to honor all veterans and educate everyone about the stories of many of our nation’s heroes. The museum’s exhibits provide a timeline of American history starting with the Revolutionary War and proceeds through the War on Terror. The history of America is revealed through pictures, narratives, uniforms and actual artifacts.
The Civil War exhibit features displays of Mary Walker, the only woman awarded the Medal of Honor, and Andrew’s Raid. Exhibits of the Indian Wars and the Spanish-American War feature such famous Americans as Buffalo Bill Cody and President Theodore Roosevelt.
The stories of the Boxer Rebellion, the Philippine Insurrection, the skirmishes in Latin America and Mexico unfold in these exhibits. The exploits of Alvin York and Eddie Rickenbacker are focal points in the World War I exhibit. The stories of heroes such as “Pappy Boyington”, Audie Murphy, and Matt Urban are featured in the World War II exhibit. The Korean exhibit features Hiroshi Miyamura.
The focal point of the Vietnam exhibit is the plexiglass etched with all of Medal of Honor recipients. The War on Terror exhibit includes the stories of soldiers who participated in Iraqi Freedom through the current campaigns in Iraq and Afganistan.
The museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.The museum is located inside the Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, TN next to the Piccadilly Cafeteria. Directions: From Interstate 75 in Chattanooga, TN, take Highway 153 (Exit 4) North across Chickamauga Dam. Northgate Mall is on the right about two miles north of the dam.