The museums in Memphis offer many unexpected surprises.
If you are visiting the music themed attractions such as Graceland and Beale Street, then it makes sense to visit the music museums as well. If you are into more traditional collections, Memphis has several you will enjoy. There are unique and unusual also.
You will find links to Sun Studio on several pages as it remains a working studio, still used by local and international musicians. The studio houses a display of memories relating to the great musicians who recorded there and left a wealth of sounds that changed the world of music immediately and forever.
Stax Museum of American Soul preserves the life of Stax before the mid 70s and is a treasure of music history. It is headed into the future with the Stax
Music Academy. The name Stax will be a
part of the future of music, not just the past.
The National Ornamental Metal Museum is a one-of-a-kind place. There is no other organization devoting itself to retaining the history of ironwork while possessing a working blacksmith shop, displaying iron works on the grounds and developing decorative jewelry and sculpture from a variety of materials. It is truly one of our hidden gems.
Photo to the left is of the Friendship Bridge installed in 2007.
Memphis' gallery of Impressionism is located in a
peaceful garden full of sculptures.
Dixon Gallery and Gardens is an attraction drawing guests in not only for the art, but to tour the wooded, landscaped property, as well.
Although you do not immediately think of Graceland as a museum, it is our most often visited attraction and is dedicated to remembering the life of the king of rock and roll.
Do not miss the collection of gold records. It is awesome and a reminder of the popularity of his music in his lifetime. And it continues…...
The Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, another
hidden gem, is not to be missed. The
Asian Art collection is over 900 pieces.
The Judaic Art, while not as large, is a must see part of your visit.
The National Civil Rights Museum is another one-of-a-kind in Memphis, TN. It is devoted to continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and traces the history of the civil rights movement in the USA.
From ancient to modern, the Memphis Brooks Museum of
Arts has it all. The range of work owned
by the Brooks is to be admired and envied.