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Discover the stories of our greatest heroes at the new National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

Discover the stories of our greatest heroes at the new National Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

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Spring Break Safari: National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

Medal of Honor_KidsWhat if you could. . . 
. . . become a Hero after learning more about patriotism, courage, integrity, sacrifice and commitment that our country’s Medal of Honor recipients have shown at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

No matter who you are, you can be a hero!

A visit to the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center will inspire you with the values demonstrated by Medal of Honor recipients - Patriotism, Citizenship, Courage, Integrity, Sacrifice and Commitment.  Every recipient has a narrative that is relevant to what we do – whether it be on a battlefield, in the classroom or board room and in everyday life. Kids are sure to leave encouraged knowing that they too have the potential to be a hero.

The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga offers an immersive experience that puts visitors in the boots of Medal of Honor recipients and brings their heroic stories to life. Stories of ordinary people who demonstrated extraordinary heroism under the most difficult circumstances.

From March 25 through April 11 an incredibly special event will take place centered on the brand-new children’s book “The Making of a Hero”, authored by local author and historian, Linda Moss Mines. Living historians will be portraying the lives of personnel who served with the Medal of Honor recipients depicted in the book and in the Heritage Center. Through these inspiring stories, children will learn that they, too, can model these values in their daily decisions and in the way they serve those around them. They will realize the potential to make a real difference in their community, country, and world!

“Being a HERO means overcoming tremendous odds through sacrifice, service, and holding to important values.” 


  • PPE: Masks are required inside any buildings and anywhere physical distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online prior to visit.
  • Hours: Hours: Mon.– Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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