National Ornamental Metal Museum

Blacksmith Shop - Ironwork - Outdoor Art

The National Ornamental Metal Museum is dedicated to creating, teaching, and advancing fine metal art. 

It is the only museum of its kind in the USA. 

Local Favorite

You are in for a treat at this favorite of local residents.   It is a true jewel in our list of attractions. 

The education department includes apprenticeships, internships, and artist-in-residents programs.  Exquisite work is done here in a varied and extensive list of materials. 

The Buildings - Main, Library, Blacksmith Shop

There are three buildings, the first to the left is red brick and is where you pay admission. This building also houses the gift shop. 

The white building to the right is known as the Library.  It houses the permanent collection and books about all kinds of metal work. 

Directly in front of you as you come down the walk is a working blacksmith shop.

The Grounds

The grounds and the buildings of the National Ornamental Metal Museum are not large.  You can complete your visit in an hour.  If you go on the weekend when you can see work being done in the blacksmith shop, it might take you longer.

If you linger over the rosettes on the entry gate, you will be there quite a while. 

Be sure to take time to sit on one of the benches and enjoy the river view.  It is not unusual to see tug boats near the bank below.  You are blocked from going to the edge of the water from the grounds and it is some distance, but you still have a great view of the river and the bridge. 

Ornmental Metal Museum
Ornmental Metal Museum

The exhibits and the library are interesting, but the art decorating the lawn is even more fascinating.  Be sure you have time to roam and check out the delightful art on the grounds. 

National Ornamental Metal Museum - Gift Shop

Be sure to visit the gift shop on the first floor of the main building, the red brick one.  The gift shop has some items that are made on site

It also has a collection of treasures made by local artists and others across the USA.  One of the favorites is the Crono Collection by Christophe Poly.  His jewelry has a definite architectural look to it.  It is both elegant, and striking. 

Crono rings, necklaces, and bracelets are favorites in the gift shop.  YeaMemphis was unable to resist purchasing both a ring and a necklace. 

- Need to Know -

  • The National Ornamental Metal Museum is located at 372 Metal Museum Drive.
  • The first floor of the main building is accessible.  This building does not have an elevator to the second floor. 
  • The Library building which houses the permanent collection is accessible and has an elevator.  
  • As you approach Metal Museum Drive from the Tennessee side, watch for it carefully.  If you miss the exit, you will very quickly be on the bridge headed to Arkansas to turn around.  
  • Free parking on the street beside the museum grounds.
  • The grounds are accessible with paved walks.

Admission and Hours

Tuesday through Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday - 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Adults - $6.00  Seniors - 62+ $5.00

Students and Children ages 5 - 18     $4.00 with valid ID. 

Children under 5 - free

Saturday and Sunday Demonstrations

Forging - 2:30 p.m.          Casting - 3:00 p.m.

The Museum Store may be visited free of charge. 

      The National Ornamental Metal Museum is closed on Mondays, major holidays, and during exhibit changes. The Museum closes for inclement weather if the Shelby County Schools close. 

YeaMemphis Tip - Do not miss the Library, the white building where the permanent collection is housed.

Best Photo Ops - There are numerous outdoor sculptures inviting you to photograph them. 

While the Mollusk sculpture pictured on the right may not be the most photogenic of the lawn art, it is my favorite.  I love the symmetry of the design.  You cannot miss it in front of the Blacksmith Shop.  

 Quick and Easy - Top Reasons to Visit 

  • A working Blacksmith Shop
  • Mississippi River view
  • Unique items in the gift shop
  • Yard art and iron work, especially the examples of fences/gates
  • Awesome entry gate

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