Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. That's especially true in Memphis, where museums tend to be smaller, intensely subject-focused, and absolutely fascinating.
History buffs will find the story of the Mississippi River and its importance to the city at the Mississippi River Museum on scenic Mud Island, while the city's most notorious event - the assassination of Dr. Mr. Luther King, Jr at the Lorraine Motel - is captured in realistic detail at the National Civil Rights Museum. A multimillion dollar renovation in 2014 brought even more impact at the museum through the use of interactive technology and updated exhibits and displays.
Art comes in many forms - metal, for one. All over the city, wrought iron decorations and signs adorn buildings and homes, and the history of metal work comes to vivid life at the National Ornamental Museum, located right on the banks of the Mississippi River. The decorative arts of Europe and America are well documented at the Brooks Museum, and fine paintings and jewels are often the subject of exhibits at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, where the pastoral setting sometimes competes with the objects on display.
Music is to Memphis what water is to a fish - part of necessary life - and the city's musical roots and soulful style are found through Stax and the Rock 'n' Soul Museum.
And kids get their due, too - with a few offerings aimed just at them (but pleasing to parents as well).