Wedding ceremony photos on the Hunter Museum's 24 Hour Terrace. Photo by OkCrowe Photography. 

February 22, 2023

Why the Hunter Museum’s 24 Hour Terrace is Perfect for Your Next Event

There are many reasons why couples choose to host their wedding or elopement in Chattanooga. Whether they’re locals looking to incorporate their beloved city into their ceremony or couples planning a destination wedding in this exciting and vibrant city, Chattanooga is sure to be a gracious host for any event. And, if you’re looking for a venue that truly showcases Chattanooga at its best, you have to check out the Hunter Museum’s 24 Hour Terrace.

Weddings & Events at the Hunter Museum

The Hunter Museum is one of Chattanooga’s most popular tourist spots but many people don’t know that they can rent it for events such as your wedding day! 

With its location perched on a rock face overlooking the Tennessee River and right in the center of the Arts Bluff District, the Hunter Museum is in a prime location for both you and your out-of-town guests to enjoy the most that Chattanooga has to offer. Nearby hotels and restaurants offer the perfect overnight accommodations for guests within walking distance of the museum while the breathtaking views off the patios and terraces are sure to make your event a truly memorable one!

For couples looking for a unique wedding venue, it’s definitely worth it to give the Hunter Museum a tour. Between glamorous bridal photos in the Hunter Mansion and ceremony and reception spaces in the museum itself, your wedding will be the perfect blend of old world elegance and modern, industrial allure. 

Most events are held on the River Terrace or the Contemporary Wing which includes the Grand Foyer Lobby, the Auditorium, the Paley Terrace, and the 24 Hour Terrace. The full Contemporary Wing can be rented in the evening in four-hour windows starting at 6pm for a full wedding package for $6,000 or you can inquire about renting one of the spaces individually. 

But, if you had to choose just one space in the museum to host your event, I would 100% suggest going with the 24 Hour Terrace.

The View Off the 24 Hour Terrace at the Hunter Museum

The 24 Hour Terrace is one of the Hunter Museum’s outdoor locations within the Contemporary Wing. And, if you’re looking for a Chattanooga location with the best city view, the view off the 24 Hour Terrace just can’t be beat. 

If there’s one thing that is absolutely iconic about Chattanooga, it’s its impressive skyline. With both the Walnut Street and the Market Street Bridge stretching across the blue waters of the Tennessee River, the amazing architecture on both sides, and mountains in the distance, it’s no wonder why couples travel to Chattanooga to capture that unique, urban vibe of this bustling city on their wedding day. 

The view off the 24 Hour Terrace captures everything that the Chattanooga skyline has to offer. It’s the only outdoor terrace venue that contains what I think is the most outstanding view of the city. The museum’s River Terrace also has this view, however, museum policies require the use of a tent which can obstruct the gorgeous view. 

Just imagine reciting your vows or having your cocktail hour with a direct viewpoint of Chattanooga’s historic bridges and the stunning North Shore across the way. Simply amazing, I promise!

Hosting an Event on the 24 Hour Terrace

One of the perks of the 24 Hour Terrace is  that it’s partially covered without having to rent a tent. That means that no matter what the weather is, the terrace is functional no matter what! Couples will be glad to know that they won’t have to worry about coming up with a rain plan if they choose the terrace to hold their ceremony. 

Speaking of ceremonies, the terrace can seat up to 100 guests with you and your wedding party standing on the overlook with the river bluff behind you while your guests are seated in the shade beneath the overhang. Since there are no stairs leading into or out of the area from the parking garage, the 24 Hour Terrace is also completely handicapped accessible which is great for guests with mobility issues!

Although the Hunter Museum does not have on-site catering, your chosen caterers from their list of approved vendors will have easy access to a full catering workspace just off to the right of the terrace inside of the museum. This makes the area perfect for cocktail hours which can fit up to 250 guests standing. 
If you decide you want to incorporate the Hunter Museum’s 24 Hour Terrace into your next big event, you’ll be happy to know that use of the space is already included if you choose to purchase the full Contemporary Wing event package. However, if you want to rent only the terrace for a smaller event like a rehearsal dinner or a bridal or baby shower, rental fees start at $1,250 and vary depending on the day of the week, month, and number of guests. Make sure to inquire with the Hunter Museum’s special events team for full pricing details.

Using the 24 Hour Terrace for Your Chattanooga Elopement

For couples who don’t want a huge wedding and plan to elope instead, the Hunter Museum is still an option for your elopement ceremony! The 24 Hour Terrace is the only location within the museum that’s available to use for small elopements.

Elopements on the 24 Hour Terrace are sweet and simple ceremonies. With the incredible view behind you, there’s practically no need to lug in extra décor if you don’t want to. All you’ll really need to bring is you, your partner, your officiant, and your vows. It’s as simple as that! 

Although the area would be closed off for major events, it should be noted that the 24 Hour Terrace is the only space in the Hunter Museum that has free public access during the day. Luckily, there is usually little to no foot traffic so you’ll be able to conduct your elopement ceremony in peace with only a few potential observers passing through. Then, after your ceremony, you’ll have options to take scenic newlywed photos on the terrace overlook or take a short walk to the Walnut Street Bridge or Hunter Mansion for equally stunning photo backdrops.

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