Memphis, Free for All: Experience the City without Spending a Dime



Is it just us, or are things more fun, more entertaining, more memorable when they don't cost a thing?

We love free - free attractions, free hours, free time - and in  Memphis, free equals all of that and more. While a number of museums and other attractions have set days and hours in which no admission is charged, some attractions are just wide-open free, free free. We really like this word, and have listed those absolutely free attractions first, followed by those which usually have an entry fee but offer free admission during select times and days.

Some of the freebies in town are a given - like Beale Street, which you can wander with the family during the day and hear the blues, or head there when the sun goes down for some adult fun (which will cost you - but being on Beale won't). You can watch ducks march at the Peabody Hotel, follow along  a scale model of the Mississippi River at Mud Island, and even explore ancient Egypt at the Art Museum at the  University of Memphis. And you can even get a peek inside the King of Rock 'n' Roll's meditation garden, where Elvis Presley is buried, at his beloved Graceland.

Off you go, to be free in Memphis!




From 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, admission to the Pink Palace Museum is free. Occupying a pink marble mansion that was originally the home Clarence Saunders, founder of the Piggly Wiggle grocery store chain, the museum boasts a fascinating...  Read More


Dixon Gallery and Gardens
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On Saturday mornings, from 10 a.m. until Noon, admission to the Dixon is free. Since 1976, this museum has housed a spectacular Impressionist collection including Degas, Monet and Pisarro, and the collection of art is rivaled only by the...  Read More


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Graceland Area


While Graceland is the priciest attraction in Memphis, you can visit the Meditation Garden for free, each morning from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Graceland is the second most visited historic home in the United States, hosting more than 600,000...  Read More




The name "Memphis" belongs not only to a Tennessee city but to Egypt's ancient capital - and the two are sister cities. In tribute to that relationship, a unique display of Egyptian art is exhibited at the University Museum; among the...  Read More




Taking advantage of an island that sprang up in the Mississippi in the early 20th century, this park offers a variety of attractions - and the Riverpark and walk over the bridge are both free, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum,...  Read More




The street festival started at the intersection of Cooper and Young, in the heart of the neighborhood – but now covers complete city blocks, as more than 100,000 people crowd the neighborhood for this one-day event. An eclectic mix of art,...  Read More




Wolf River Greenway runs through Memphis and Germantown, and is part of the longer Greater Memphis Greenline that will eventually connect Collierville to downtown Memphis. The Wolf runs along the Wold River, and includes a wide paved path for...  Read More




Once the center of black-owned businesses and nightclubs, Beale became the home of the blues at the turn of the 20th century - a waypoint along the trail from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago. W.C. Handy lived - and performed - here, and...  Read More




With 50 free musical performances, movies under the stars and a smattering of dance and drama performances, the Levitt Shell in Overton Park serves as true common ground for residents of Memphis. The historic shell - Elvis once sang here...  Read More




The tradition of the duck march started following a hunting trip in 1932. The story goes that then-general manager of the hotel and his hunting buddies, along with their live decoy ducks, stopped in the Peabody's ornate lobby bar for a glass or...  Read More


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Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally

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